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Social Life of Opium in China

ISBN-10: 0521608562
ISBN-13: 9780521608565
Edition: 2005
Authors: Zheng Yangwen
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

The history of Opium in China begins in the mid-Ming dynasty, when as a tribute from vassal states, it was initially used as an aphrodisiac in the Ming court. The Chinese then began to collectively redefine the foreign recreational resource's usage and created a complex culture around its comsumption. This book traces the transformation over a period of five hundred years, revealing the nature of Opium's introduction and development in China as a universal cultural institution.

List of illustrations
List of maps
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
'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'
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography

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