Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug / Edition 1

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Illuminating A Hidden and fascinating chapter in the history of globalization, Paul Gootenberg chronicles the rise of one of the most spectacular and now illegal Latin American exports: cocaine.
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Unquestionably the single most important volume on cocaine's international history, richly documented, and conceptually exciting. . . . Deserves a very wide audience, and will hopefully spark similar efforts in the drug and alcohol field.—Social History of Drugs and Alcohol

An outstanding contribution to the history of narcotics and to the new global history….Andean Cocaine expands our knowledge of the commodity chain and global markets….[It] is an essential work for any scholar or student of the histories of narcotics, Latin America, and economics.—H-Net Reviews

Thorough, eminently readable, and fascinating. . . . This tour de force illustrates how a fresh, insightful focus on a single commodity can illuminate economic development, political and social concerns, shifting ideologies, and cultural change, both locally and globally. Highly recommended.—Choice

A well-written and thoroughly-researched study. . . . The impressive array of sources and new interpretations of the role of cocaine in Peruvian and global histories make this a must-read for scholars in a number of fields, including Latin American history and politics, global and comparative histories, and cultural and economic studies. Gootenberg makes important contributions to the study of drug history in general, and the history of cocaine in particular, by placing the coca plant and cocaine in a global perspective while still maintaining a focus on the local context.—Journal of World History

This excellent book adds a definitive archive-based history of cocaine. . . . A model of how to examine a particular drug substance in a specific part of the world while placing that examination in the broadest context.—Society & History

An outstanding book, a superb example of first-rate scholarship written with energy, confidence, respect for facts, and excellent style. In addition it is a readable, fascinating, and important story. . . . It ranks among the very best contributions to several literatures and will be valued by those interested in globalization, development, and economic and business history, as well as anyone simply curious to understand the world.—American Historical Review

Excellent. . . . Gootenberg offers a critical perspective on the place of cocaine in the Western imaginary and in the real political and economic world.—Comparative Studies in Society and Culture

Puts the discussion into a global perspective. . . . Gootenberg thus joins a distinguished group of scholars. . . . Indispensable reading for graduate seminars on economic, cultural, and social history, and shall appeal not only to experts on Latin America but also to world historians and those interested in comparative history.—The Americas

[An] exceptionally well-researched and sophisticated world history of cocaine. . . . A provocative, wide-ranging, and convincing account.—The Historian

A great deal of new information . . . that will excite scholars and lay readers alike. . . . An exceptionally strong piece of scholarship. It advances social scientists' understanding of the developmental trajectory [of] cocaine, and by extension, other luxury goods, while underscoring the value of this method of inquiry in understanding the emergence and maturation of commodities in a global political economy.—Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

An important study indispensable to understanding a vexing social dilemma that affects the US and Latin America.—Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

A sterling contribution to the literature of cocaine, and should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand cocaine in context.—Drug War Chronicle

The book transcends mere macro-economic analysis by highlighting the agentive dimension of people on the ground. . . . With a keen eye for documenting the socio-economic, political, and cultural structures triggering the reformulation of cocaine into an illicit commodity.—ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs

The research that went into [Andean Cocaine] shows inspiration, dogged persistence, and a meticulous eye for detail.—Journal of Historical Geography

A book of great insight and academic rigor . . . that unearths this forgotten history.—Caretas

A truly fascinating and important book.—Journal of Latin American Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859056
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 527,550
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gootenberg is professor of history at Stony Brook University in New York and author or editor of four other books, including Between Silver and Guano: Commercial Policies and the State in Postindependence Peru.

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Table of Contents


Chronology: Cocaine, 1850-2000
Introduction: Cocaine as Andean History

Part I: Cocaine Rising
1 Imagining Coca, Discovering Cocaine, 1850-1890
2 Making a National Commodity: Peruvian Crude Cocaine, 1885-1910

Part II: Cocaine Falling
3 Cocaine Enchained: Global Commodity Circuits, 1890s-1930s
4 Withering Cocaine: Peruvian Responses, 1910-1945
5 Anticocaine: From Reluctance to Global Prohibitions, 1910-1950

Part III: Illicit Cocaine
6 Birth of the Narcos: Pan-American Illicit Networks, 1945-1965
7 The Drug Boom (1965-1975) and Beyond

Appendix: Quantifying Cocaine
Table A.1. Sample Peruvian Exchange Rates, 1875-1965
Table A.2. Coca and Cocaine Exports from Peru, 1888-1910
Table A.3. Reported Cocaine Factories by Region, Peru, 1885-1920s
Table A.4. Active Cocaine Factories in Peru, 1920-1950
Table A.5. Cocaine Smuggling: Reported Seizures, 1935-1970s

Bibliographic Essay: A Guide to the Historiography of Cocaine

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