The history of the Nederlandsche Cocaïne Fabriek and its successors: as manufactorers of narcotic drugs, analyzed from an international perpective

H.H. Bosman

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The aim of this research was to realize a detailed description and analysis of the history of the production of narcotic drugs in the Netherlands (1900-1995). The most important companies that produced these drugs were the Nederlandsche Cocaïne Fabriek (NCF) and its successors. It turned out that acquiring the vegetable resources at low cost and having access to sufficiently large domestic markets are requisites for commercial success. Because there are no internationally standardized figures about the volume of the worldwide cocaine production before 1930, Bosman developed an estimation method. The research also proves hat recent statements by writer Conny Braam about enormous quantities of cocaine, delivered by NCF to warriors during the First World War entirely lack foundation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Homburg, Ernst, Supervisor
Award date8 Nov 2012
Place of PublicationLauceston, Tasmania
Print ISBNs9780987275127, 9780987275134
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • cocaine
  • production
  • Netherlands
  • 20th century

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