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The social life of opium in China

Author: Yangwen Zheng
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a broad-ranging narrative, Zheng Yangwen's book explores the history of opium consumption in China from 1483 to the late twentieth century. The story begins in the mid-Ming dynasty, when opium was sent as a gift by vassal states and used as an aphrodisiac in court. Over time, the Chinese people from different classes and regions began to use it for recreational purposes, so beginning a complex culture of opium  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yangwen Zheng
ISBN: 0521846080 9780521846080 0521608562 9780521608565
OCLC Number: 56103922
Description: xiii, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 'The art of alchemists, sex and court ladies' --
As the empire changed hands --
'The age of calicoes and tea and opium' --
'A hobby among the high and the low in officialdom' --
Taste-making and trendsetting --
The political redefinition of opium consumption --
Outward and downward 'liquidation' --
'The volume of smoke and powder' --
'The unofficial history of the poppy' --
Opiate of the people --
The road to St. Louis --
'Shanghai vice'
Responsibility: Zheng Yangwen.
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Tracing the transformation of opium from medicine to narcotic over a period of five hundred years, asking who introduced opium to China, how it spread across all sections of society. Accompanied by a  Read more...

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'A forthcoming book by Yangwen Zheng, The Social Life of Opium (Cambridge University Press) makes a perfect complement to this one, as it concentrates much more on the 1500-1911 period ...'. History Read more...

 
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