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Balkan smoke : tobacco and the making of modern Bulgaria

Author: Mary Neuburger
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Balkan Smoke, Mary Neuburger leads readers along the Bulgarian-Ottoman caravan routes and into the coffeehouses of Istanbul and Sofia. She reveals how a remote country was drawn into global economic networks through tobacco production and consumption and in the process became modern. In writing the life of tobacco in Bulgaria from the late Ottoman period through the years of Communist rule, Neuburger gives us  Read more...
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Neuburger, Mary, 1966-
Balkan smoke.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012018011
(OCoLC)793379323
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Neuburger
ISBN: 9780801465949 080146594X 9780801465949
OCLC Number: 961557271
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Barbara S. Jelavich Book Prize given.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 307 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Coffee house babble : smoking and sociability in the long nineteenth century --
No smoke without fire : tobacco and transformation, 1878-1914 --
From the Orient Express to the Sofia café : smoke and propriety in the interwar years --
Asenovgrad fortress : the biography of a tobacco cooperative between the world wars --
From leaf to ash : Bulgarians, Jews, Germans and the Second World War --
Smoke-filled rooms : places to light up in communist Bulgaria --
Smokes for big brother : Bulgartabak and tobacco under communism.
Responsibility: Mary C. Neuburger.
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