Decolonising drugs in Asia : the case of cocaine in colonial India

Mills, James (2017) Decolonising drugs in Asia : the case of cocaine in colonial India. Third World Quarterly. ISSN 0143-6597

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    Abstract

    This article examines a drugs trade in Asia that has been largely forgotten by historians and policy-makers: cocaine. It will briefly trace some of the contours of this commerce and the efforts to control it. It will also assess how successful these efforts were. The article is designed to contribute fresh perspectives on recent controversies in the historiography of drugs in Asia to argue that the agendas and agency of consumers are central to understanding why markets have formed there for psychoactive substances in the modern period.