Title Poppies, Politics, and Power
Subtitle Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy
Author James Tharin Bradford
ISBN 9781501739767
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 300
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“James Tharin Bradford, by analyzing an important yet neglected period in the history of Afghanistan and global drug control, has written a book of high quality and originality.”

James Windle, University College Cork, and author of Suppressing Illicit Opium Production


Poppies, Politics, and Power reveals unknown facts about opium production. As such, this is a significant and welcome contribution to our understanding of opium production in Afghanistan, and to our understanding of why the global prohibition has failed.”

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, Centre national de le recherche scientifique, and author of Opium


Historians have long neglected Afghanistan’s broader history when portraying the opium industry. But in Poppies, Politics, and Power, James Tharin Bradford rebalances the discourse, showing that it is not the past forty years of lawlessness that makes the opium industry what it is, but the sheer breadth of the twentieth-century Afghanistan experience. Rather than byproducts of a failed contemporary system, argues Bradford, drugs, especially opium, were critical components in the formation and failure of the Afghan state.

In this history of drugs and drug control in Afghanistan, Bradford shows us how the country moved from licit supply of the global opium trade to one of the major suppliers of hashish and opium through changes in drug control policy shaped largely by the outside force of the United States. Poppies, Politics, and Power breaks the conventional modes of national histories that fail to fully encapsulate the global nature of the drug trade. By providing a global history of opium within the borders of Afghanistan, Bradford demonstrates that the country’s drug trade and the government’s position on that trade were shaped by the global illegal market and international efforts to suppress it. By weaving together this global history of the drug trade and drug policy with the formation of the Afghan state and issues within Afghan political culture, Bradford completely recasts the current Afghan, and global, drug trade.




Chapter 1. Colonial and Global Engagements: Afghan Opium on the Periphery of the Global Drug Market

Chapter 2. The Politics of Prohibition: How Diplomacy with the United States Shifted the Drug Control Paradigm in Afghanistan

Chapter 3. The Consequences of Coercion in Badakhshan: The 1958 Prohibition of Opium and the Issue of Culture in Drug Control Policy

Chapter 4. East Meets West: Hippies, Hash, and the Globalization of the Afghan Drug Trade

Chapter 5. The Afghan Connection: Smuggling, Heroin, and Nixon’s War on Drugs in Afghanistan

Chapter 6. All Goods Are Dangerous Goods: Development, the Global Market, and Opium in the Helmand Valley, Afghanistan





About the Author:

James Tharin Bradford is Assistant Professor of History at Berklee College of Music, and Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College. He has published in the Journal of Iranian Studies, Oxford University Handbook of Drug History, and Illegal Cannabis Cultivation in the World.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in history, political science & criminology.


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