Bernard Porter: Cannabis and empire, 4 March 2004
Show More Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade and Prohibition 1800-1928 by James Mills.
Oxford, 239 pp., £25, September 2003, 0 19 924938 5Show More
“... Narcotic drugs taken for recreational purposes were, until comparatively recently, mainly associated with the ‘Orient’. They were used in Europe only by ‘Orientals’ and some adventurous and transgressive literati, though they were also hidden in patent medicines and tonics. In Asia and Africa, however, their use was fairly widespread, and they became part of the language of empire, helping to define the Other in contrast to the West, and to justify the latter’s self-proclaimed superiority ...”