Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Terry received a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1963.
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Terry studied at Brandeis University, Waltham and received a Master of Arts in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1968.
(An engaging account of the economic, social, and politica...)
An engaging account of the economic, social, and political history of the British experience with addictive drugs. The major orientation is to opium, with two chapters on its alkaloid, morphine, occasional references to cocaine, and a mention of heroin. There is an enlightening discussion of reasons for the initial acceptance and then rejection of such drugs by Victorian Britain. Opium was a cheap and readily available antidote for the harsh life of the time and more effective than the traditional massive dosing by physicians. Its addictive nature gradually became apparent, and nonaddictive pain relievers such as aspirin became available.
(The fascinating but little-known true story of an aborted...)
The fascinating but little-known true story of an aborted coup to eliminate Hitler, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hans Oster of German Military Intelligence.
Terry received a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1963. He also studied at Brandeis University, Waltham and received a Master of Arts in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1968.
Parssinen's first published work was Secret Passions, Secret Remedies: Narcotic Drugs in British Society, where he traces the changes in British attitudes toward narcotic drugs from 1820 to 1930.
Critic Virginia Berridge, in History Today, observed that Parssinen’s study offers little new information on the subject of British drug policy, but added that his “analysis of the involvement of British firms in illegal morphine smuggling in the early 1900s is interesting and original.” Berridge also commended Parssinen’s review of data from convictions under the 1920 Dangerous Drug Act, from which he draws an “addict profile” for the period. Pointing out that Parssinen writes “with an eye on the continuing debate on U.S. drug policy,” Berridge concluded that his suggestions in that area are “also eminently sensible.” Similar praise was expressed by H. Wayne Morgan, who commented in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History that Secret Passions, Secret Remedies is “an informative and useful general account” that offers a “thoughtful, well-written, and concise overview” of its subject.
Parssinen’s second book on the history of narcotic drugs, co-written with Kathryn Meyer, also drew some good reviews. Library Journal's, Philip Young Blue found Webs of Smoke: Smugglers, Warlords, Spies, and the History of the International Drug Trade an “authoritative and well-documented account” of illegal drug trafficking history in the early twentieth century. Blue considered the book “essential” for readers looking for “historical insight into the current narcotics debate.” A reviewer for Publishers Weekly, however, complained that, though the book is well-researched and covers a fascinating topic, “the final result is disjointed.” Bothered by the way in which the book digresses from the topic, the reviewer noted writing that was “more coherent” writing could have made the study more relevant.
Since 2003 he had been a professor for the History of the University of Tampa.
(The fascinating but little-known true story of an aborted...)2003
(An engaging account of the economic, social, and politica...)1983
Terry Mitchell is a member of American Historical Association.
In 1963 Terry married. He has two children.