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Shooting up : a short history of drugs and war, Łukasz Kamieński

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Shooting up : a short history of drugs and war
Title
Shooting up
Title remainder
a short history of drugs and war
Statement of responsibility
Łukasz Kamieński
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War examines how intoxicants have been put to the service of states, empires and their armies throughout history. Since the beginning of organized combat, armed forces have prescribed drugs to their members for two general purposes: to enhance performance during combat and to counter the trauma of killing and witnessing violence after it is over. Stimulants (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines) have been used to temporarily create better soldiers by that improving stamina, overcoming sleeplessness, eliminating fatigue, and increasing fighting spirit. Downers (e.g. alcohol, opiates, morphine, heroin, marijuana, barbiturates) have also been useful in dealing with the soldier's greatest enemy - shattered nerves. Kamienski's focuses on drugs "prescribed" by military authorities, but also documents the widespread unauthorised consumption by soldiers themselves. Combatants have always treated themselves with various drugs and alcohol, mainly for recreational use and as a reward to themselves for enduring the constant tension of preparing for. Although not officially approved, such "self-medication" has often been quietly tolerated by commanders in so far as it did not affect combat effectiveness. This volume spans the history of combat from the use of opium, coca, and mushrooms in pre-modern warfare to the efforts of modern militaries, during the Cold War in particular, to design psychochemical offensive weapons that can be used to incapacitate rather than to kill the enemy. Along the way, Kamienski provides fascinating coverage of on the European adoption of hashish during Napolean's invasion of Egypt, opium use during the American Civil War, amphetamines in the Third Reich, and the use of narcotics to control child soldiers in the rebel militias of contemporary Africa
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kamieński, Łukasz
Dewey number
616.9/8023
Index
index present
LC call number
RC971
LC item number
.K34 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2016 D-623
  • QV 11.1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Medicine, Military
  • Soldiers
  • Drug utilization
  • Drug abuse
  • Military art and science
  • Military history
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Warfare
  • Military Personnel
  • Military Personnel
  • Biomedical Enhancement
  • Military Medicine
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug utilization
  • Medicine, Military
  • Military art and science
  • Military history
  • Soldiers
  • Krieg
  • Soldat
  • Droge
Label
Shooting up : a short history of drugs and war, Łukasz Kamieński
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From pre-modern times to the end of the Second World War -- Premodern times: opium, hashish, mushrooms and coca -- Napoleon in Egypt and the adventures of Europeans with hashish -- The Opium Wars -- The American Civil War, opium, morphine and the "soldiers' disease" -- The colonial wars and the terrifying "barbarians" -- From coca to cocaine: the First World War -- The Second World War -- The Cold War -- From the Korean War to the war over mind control -- In search of wonderful new techniques and weapons -- Vietnam: the first true pharmacological war -- The Red Army in Afghanistan and the problem of drug addiction -- Towards the present -- Contemporary irregular armies empowered by drugs -- Intoxicated child soldiers -- Drugs in the contemporary American Armed Forces -- Conclusion -- Epilogue: war as a drug
Control code
928136811
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 381 pages
Isbn
9780190263478
Lccn
2015040597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025813657
System control number
(OCoLC)928136811
Label
Shooting up : a short history of drugs and war, Łukasz Kamieński
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From pre-modern times to the end of the Second World War -- Premodern times: opium, hashish, mushrooms and coca -- Napoleon in Egypt and the adventures of Europeans with hashish -- The Opium Wars -- The American Civil War, opium, morphine and the "soldiers' disease" -- The colonial wars and the terrifying "barbarians" -- From coca to cocaine: the First World War -- The Second World War -- The Cold War -- From the Korean War to the war over mind control -- In search of wonderful new techniques and weapons -- Vietnam: the first true pharmacological war -- The Red Army in Afghanistan and the problem of drug addiction -- Towards the present -- Contemporary irregular armies empowered by drugs -- Intoxicated child soldiers -- Drugs in the contemporary American Armed Forces -- Conclusion -- Epilogue: war as a drug
Control code
928136811
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 381 pages
Isbn
9780190263478
Lccn
2015040597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025813657
System control number
(OCoLC)928136811

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