Sunday, April 6, 2014

New military history research: Drug wars and the Cuban Revolution in film

The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth presents a study by James H. Mills on the inclusion of cocaine in the Hague Opium Convention of 1912.  Mills argues that Britain championed the inclusion of cocaine in the convention because of British inability to control the growing cocaine market in Asia.  Whereas the convention was previously only concerned with opiates, now it was addressing cocaine.  While this is not a military history focused article, it does touch an a subject that is strongly connected to later 20th century wars and conflicts.

In an article by Henry Eric Hernandez, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia discusses the imagery of militant Cuban women in relation to the political revolution as presented in three films.
 January 1959 - "La CaballerĂ­a" (The Cavalry). The image shows a group of Fidel Castro's July 26 Movement rebels mounted on horses and brandishing Cuban flags whipped by the wind.

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