1st Edition

Drug Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century

By William B. McAllister Copyright 2000
    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drug Diplomacy is the first comprehensive historical account of the evolution of the global drugs control regime. The book analyzes how the rules and regulations that encompass the drug question came to be framed. By examining the international historical aspects of the issue, the author addresses the many questions surrounding this global problem.
    Including coverage of substances from heroin and cocaine to morphine, stimulants, hallucinogens and alcohol, Drug Diplomacy addresses:
    * the historical development of drug laws, drug-control institutions, and attitudes about drugs
    * international control negotiations and the relationship between the drug question and issues such as trade policy, national security concerns, the Cold War and medical considerations
    * the reasons why the goal to eliminate drug abuse has been so hard to accomplish.

    Introduction PART I Setting the stage 1 Drugs through the ages to 1920 PART II Establishing the system 2 Laying the foundation—1919–25 3 Completing the edifice—1925–31 PART III Work in progress 4 Against the tide—1931–39 5 Preservation, perseverance, promise—1939–46 6 Trouble in paradise—1945–53 7 The long march to the Single Convention—1953–61 PART IV The regime challenged 8 Crucible—1961–73 9 Crosscurrents—1972–2000


    William B. McAllister is Lecturer in History and Faculty Consultant at the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia.

    'McAllister brings a wry humour to his subject. The book is indispensable to understanding the drug controls and policing of the world in 2000.' - Richard Davenport-Hines, London Review of Books

    'McAllister's book is a groundbreaking and welcome addition to literature on the drug trade and its regulation ... required reading for scholars and policy makers interested in the drug issue.' - Millennium