Tobacco in History

Tobacco in History : The Cultures of Dependence

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Jordan Goodman explores the historical transformation of tobacco from Amerindian shamanism to global capitalism, from the food of the spirits to the fatal epidemic, from the rough pipe and cigar to the modern-day cigarette. This scholarly and comprehensive survey combines up-to-date published work with primary research to provide a systematic way of understanding current debates from a historical perspective. Goodman draws on a wide range of disciplines to present a history that explores larger themes, such as colonialism, consumerism, medical discourse and multinational enterprise. The book reveals the complex web of dependence and relationships surrounding this controversial commodity.

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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 22mm | 521.63g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 15 b&w line drawings
  • 0415116694
  • 9780415116695
  • 1,185,252

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"Goodman has written a book which is both history and current affairs, which skillfully weaves together the planters, the slaves, and the multiantional corporation.."-J. V. Beckett, "THES "Jordan Goodman's excellent book ... is a succinct yet ambittiously comprehensive survey of five conturies of nicotine in history. It is addictive reading.."-John Adamson, "Sunday Telegraph ." . . a stimulating perspective . . . packed with interesting discoveries. "Tobacco in History stands as a valuable effort to explain how the whole world became, and remains, addicted to this deadly intoxicant."-"The Journal of American History

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