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Scott K. Taylor
Siena College (Loudonville, NY 12211-1462)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2012

Stimulants and Trade in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

"A Genealogy of Addiction: Stimulants in Early Modern Europe" is a book project that assesses the ways in which Europeans wrestled with their growing dependence on habit-forming commodities. Between 1500 and 1800, new and exotic goods like sugar, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, tea, gin, rum, and opium all became routinely consumed, and the domestication of these "soft" drugs was a trend that joined together several important changes that Europe underwent during this period, including the growth of overseas empires and trade, the consumer revolution, and changes in sociability and manners. "A Genealogy of Addiction" focuses especially on how consumers understood their experiences with mood-altering drugs, how these commodities shaped social interaction, and how Europeans understood addiction. This will be the first book to look at all these addictive substances together, and to do so in a trans-national context, including England, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and France.