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Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010

Carol Benedict


From the long-stemmed pipe to snuff, the water pipe, hand-rolled cigarettes, and finally, manufactured cigarettes, the history of tobacco in China is the story of a commodity that became a hallmark of modern mass consumerism. This book follows the spread of Chinese tobacco use from the sixteenth century, when it was introduced to China from the New World, through the development of commercialized tobacco cultivation, and to the present day. Along the way, it analyzes the factors that have shaped China's highly gendered tobacco cultures, and shows how they have evolved within a broad, comparati ... More

Keywords: long-stemmed pipe, water pipe, hand-rolled cigarettes, manufactured cigarettes, history of tobacco, China, mass consumerism, fashion, consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262775
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Benedict, author