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.
"an excellent history of how and why international institutions controlled drugs...historians of both the drug trade and international institutions will rely on his work for years to come."
-The International History Review, December 2002
"Mcallister's book is comprehensive and readaable. It becomes, and is likely to remain, the standard treatment of the topic.."
..."will set the standard for the history of international drug control...an outstanding and superior piece of work."
-William O. Walker III, Florida International University
"Le lecteur trouve dans l'ouvrage de McAllister une etude stimulante sur la mise en place du cadre repressif international qui gouverne la production, le trafic et la consommation de certain drogues au XX siecle.."
-Histoire Sociale/Social History