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Tobacco in History
The Cultures of Dependence

ISBN 9780415116695
Published December 21, 1994 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Jordan Goodman explores the historical transformation of tobacco from Amerindian shamanism to global capitalism, from the food of the spirits to the fatal epidemic, from the rough pipe and cigar to the modern-day cigarette. This scholarly and comprehensive survey combines up-to-date published work with primary research to provide a systematic way of understanding current debates from a historical perspective. Goodman draws on a wide range of disciplines to present a history that explores larger themes, such as colonialism, consumerism, medical discourse and multinational enterprise. The book reveals the complex web of dependence and relationships surrounding this controversial commodity.


`... this is an absobing, and thought-provoking account of story, as yet unfinished.' - Joan Thirk EHR

`Especially interesting on the marketing and politics of tobacco, this is an objective work.' - New Scientist

` ... an ambitious and accomplished survey ... Goodman's study greatly enhances our grasp of the creation of the commodities that dominate the modern world.' - Roy Porter, Times Literary Supplement

`Goodman has written a book that is both history and current affairs, which skilfully weaves together the planters, the slaves, and the multinational corporations.' - J.V. Beckett, Times Higher Education Supplement

` ... very well researched book.' - V.G. Kiernan, Social History of Medicine

`A fascinating read for smokers and non-smokers alike.' - Sunday Times

`An essential read for those who would understand the dilemma caused by smokking's dangers.' - British Medical Journal

` ... a succinct yet ambitiously comprehensive survey of five centuries of nicotine in history. It is addictive reading.' - John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph