Ben Breen: "Unknown Pleasures: Intoxication and Globalization in the Eighteenth Century" 3.7.18
Benjamin Breen’s current project is Age of Intoxication: The Origins of the Global Drug Trade, which examines the trade in medicinal drugs, poisons, and intoxicants in the Portuguese and British empires, circa 1640 to 1800. The book argues that the formation of ‘drugs’ as an epistemological, legal, and commercial category grew out of early modern colonialism.

Ben Breen is an Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.

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