Social Life of Opium in China by Zheng Yangwen
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Social Life of Opium in China
By Zheng Yangwen

The Social Life of Opium in China

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521608565
ISBN-10: 0521608562
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book traces the transformation of opium from medicine to narcotic over a period of five hundred years.

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Author Biography - Zheng Yangwen

Zheng Yangwen is a Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. She received her PhD from Cambridge University in 2001.

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