James Pugh, University of Birmingham, UK
My current research explores the history of amphetamines in Britain before, during and after the Second World War. I am interested in how specific cultures develop around drugs, and how societies, organisations and individuals encounter, negotiate and utilise psychoactives. Methodologically, I am concerned with how we excavate the hidden history of drug use and how we manage the fluidity and subjectivity inherent in evidence of drug experiences.
- ‘“Not … like a rum-ration”: Amphetamine Sulphate, the Royal Navy and the Evolution of Policy and Medical Research during the Second World War’, War in History, Online First, May 2017:
- ‘The Royal Air Force, Bomber Command and the use of Benzedrine Sulphate: An examination of policy and practice during the Second World War’, Journal of Contemporary History, Online First, January 2016:
- ‘Review of N. Ohler, Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany’, British Journal for Military History‘, Vol. 3, No.3 (2017), pp.160-162.