Benjamin Breen

I am the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Appendix and a PhD candidate in history at the University of Texas at Austin. I'm writing a dissertation (and book manuscript) on the origins of the global drug trade in the 17th and 18th centuries, which you can read read about here. After that I want to write a history of magic in the early modern world.

I also maintain an occasional blog about early modern history at Res Obscura.

You can reach me at Ben[at]

'Whoso desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.'
-Sir Walter Raleigh (a perhaps apocryphal attribution from 1652)


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