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Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain's Long Eighteenth Century

Zachary Dorner

Abstract

Merchants of Medicines reinterprets the long-distance medicine trade as an economic and political project essential to empire. Systems of exchange, plantation agriculture, military fiscalism, and healthcare developed together on a global scale from the late seventeenth century to the era of Atlantic revolutions. Questions of how and why they did so, and with what consequences for a range of people organize the book. It follows medicines from their manufacture in Britain, across trade routes, and to the edges of empire, along the way telling a story of what medicines were, what they did, and wh ... More

Keywords: medicine, empire, slavery, capitalism, Early Modern, Britain, America, Atlantic World, Caribbean, merchants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226706801
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226706948.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary Dorner, author
Johns Hopkins University