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Download PDF by Carol Benedict: Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550–2010

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By Carol Benedict

From the long-stemmed pipe to snuff, the water pipe, hand-rolled cigarettes, and at last, synthetic cigarettes, the background of tobacco in China is the interesting tale of a commodity that turned a trademark of contemporary mass consumerism. Carol Benedict follows the unfold of chinese language tobacco use from the 16th century, while it used to be brought to China from the recent global, in the course of the improvement of commercialized tobacco cultivation, and to the current day. alongside the way in which, she analyzes the standards that experience formed China’s hugely gendered tobacco cultures, and indicates how they've got advanced inside a wide, comparative world-historical framework. Drawing from a wealth of ancient sources—gazetteers, literati jottings (biji), chinese language materia medica, Qing poetry, glossy brief tales, past due Qing and early Republican newspapers, shuttle memoirs, social surveys, ads, and more—Golden-Silk Smoke not just uncovers the lengthy and dynamic background of tobacco in China but additionally sheds new gentle on international histories of style and consumption.

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