The Social Life of Opium in China
Zheng Yangwen (Author)
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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. 6 Tables, unspecified; 2 Maps; 14 Halftones, unspecified
About the Author
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.
- Contributor: Zheng Yangwen
- Imprint: Cambridge University Press
- ISBN13: 9780521846080
- Number of Pages: 256
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x16mm
- Packaged Weight: 510
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Release Date: 2005-09-08
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: 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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