Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy
James Tharin Bradford
English, Paperback, ISBN 978-1501739767,
Cornell University Press, First edition: June 15, 2019, 300 pages.
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.