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Evaluate: The oldest always released journal within the English-speaking international interested in political and present occasions.
Every week The Spectator is jam-packed with opinion, remark and research approximately politics, arts and books. We prepared the ground at the nice problems with the day, from political scandals to social traits. What you learn within the Spectator this day turns into information in other places within the weeks to return.

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The problem with this statement — the first words of this book — is the problem with the book as a whole: it may be correct, and there again it may not be. Even the captionless cover photograph is ambiguous: of an American soldier, in Vietnam perhaps, with a corncob pipe which may or may not contain a banned substance, though we are obviously meant to infer that it does. ’ Yes, one may; but to a lesser or greater degree one may say that about almost everything. Historians have dedicated little or no attention to the use of psychoactive substances by combatants, armies, and states, since not only was the topic rather inconvenient but it was also rather taboo.

And what exactly is meant by the following? The command of the British Army decided to try it [a mixture of cocaine and cola nut extract in tablet form] on the soldiers of the expeditionary force in Europe. ) In Braam’s 2011 novel The Cocaine Salesman a British officer, Robin Ryder, tells how they’d coerced him into taking cocaine in the trenches to help overcome his mortal fear. How objecting almost landed him in front of the firing squad for insubordination and cowardice, and how thereby he became addicted.

The book’s extensive bibliography suggests it isn’t ‘no’, but if drugs shaped warfare only to a lesser degree, might historians have been justified in dedicating little attention to it? And so much of Lukasz Kamienski’s history is speculative, vague and inconsistent. Of the first world war, for example, this professor from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, writes: The rate of cocaine use by soldiers remains unknown, and there is no way to estimate the figures. What is certain, however, is that never before and never after did the military consume such large amounts of this drug as it did in 1914–1918, not only for medical purposes but also for the enhancement of performance.

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