HIST 103

Introduction to History: Intoxication and Addiction in America

Prerequisite: Open to first-year students and sophomores; others by permission of the instructor. Historians argue that prior to 1800 there were no alcohol addicts, only people who overindulged in drink. This course introduces students to hisotrical inquiry by examining evidence bearing on this radical thesis. Other topics include the rise of the disease metaphor of addiction in the 19th century, the varied processes by which old and new psychoactive substances (e.g., tobacco, heroin, and cocaine) became "modern menaces," and the conditions behind the proliferation of behavioral addictions in the late 20th century. Offered alternate years. III.W, V.1

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