William McAllister

William McAllister

Author of "Drug Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century: An International History" and other publications about the historical development of national/international drug policy. School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Georgetown University

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William B. McAllister

Publications relating to drug policy history


Drug Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century: An International History, London and New York; Routledge. (2000)


“Foundations of the International Drug Control Regime, 18th Century through the Second World War,” chapter in Research Handbook on International Drug Policy, Edward Elgar (2020)


 “Harry Anslinger Saves the World: National Security Imperatives and the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act,” The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal 33:1 (Spring 2019) and accompanying website https://sites.google.com/georgetown.edu/1937marihuanataxact/home


“Drugs in American History” (pre-Columbian era to the Present), chapter in Edward J. Blum, ed., Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. (2016)


“Drugs in the Modern Era” (1500-Present), chapter in Kenneth Pomeranz and John McNeill, eds., Cambridge World History, Volume VII, Part 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2015)


“’Wolf by the Ears,’ The Dilemmas of Imperial Opium Policymaking in the 20th Century,” chapter in Mills, James, and Patricia Barton (eds.), Drugs and Empires: Essays in Modern Imperialism and Intoxication, c. 1500 to c. 1930, Houndmills, Basingstroke, Hampshire; Palgrave Macmillan. (2007)


"Habitual Problems: The United States and International Drug Control," chapter in Erlen, John and Joseph Spillane (eds.), Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice, Binghamton, N.Y.; Haworth Press. (2004)


 “History Encapsulated: How the Controlled Substances Act Exemplifies the Dilemmas of Drug Control” and “The Global Political Economy of Scheduling: The International-Historical Context of the Controlled Substances Act,” in Drug and Alcohol Dependence LXXVI:1 (5 October 2004)


with Joseph Spillane, “Keeping the Lid On: A Century of Drug Regulation and

Control,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence LXX:3 supplement. (5 June 2003)


"The International Nexus: Where Worlds Collide," chapter in Walker, William O. III and Bruce Bagley (eds.), Drug Trafficking in the Americas, New Brunswick; Transaction Publishers. (1994)


"Fighting Reformers: The Debate over the Reorganization of the French Military Medical Service, 1870-1889," Essays in History XXXV (1993)


"Conflicts of Interest in the International Drug Control System," chapter in William O. Walker III (ed.), Drug Control Policy: Essays in Historical and Comparative Perspective, University Park, Pa.; Penn State University Press. (1992) [Originally appeared in Journal of Policy History, III, 4. (1991)].


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