The Social Life of Opium in China

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The Social Life of Opium in China

By Zheng Yangwen

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In a remarkable and broad-ranging narrative, Yangwen Zheng'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 consumption. The book traces this transformation over a period of five hundred years, asking who introduced opium to China, how it spread across all sections of society, embraced by rich and poor alike as a culture and an institution. The book, which is accompanied by a fascinating collection of illustrations, will appeal to students and scholars of history, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and all those with an interest in China.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Asian History

The Social Life of Opium in China
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/8/05
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511124031
ISBN 13: 9780511124037
Print ISBN: 9780521846080

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