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HIS3103 Drugs, Alcohol and Empire
Credit Points: 15

Modern empires were premised to a large extent on trade, including trade in alcohol and other drugs. These products had to be produced and distributed, often requiring the establishment of new markets for these goods.  Plantations were established often using forced labour, and consumption of drugs was introduced to colonial outposts.  Drugs, including alcohol, were exchanged for food, sex and labour creating drug dependence and a continuing demand.  This unit will provide historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives on the ways in which drugs of many kinds – including opium, alcohol, coffee, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals – have been integral to the building of modern empires.

This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
MAHISHistory Major
MASOANSociology, Anthropology Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2006 VET: 31/03/2006