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The social life of opium in China

Author: Yongnian Zheng
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yongnian Zheng
ISBN: 0521846080 9780521846080 0521608562 9780521608565
OCLC Number: 878614618
Description: xiii, 241 p. : ill. ; 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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'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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