Jordan Goodman explores the historical transformation of tobacco from Amerindian shamanism to global capitalism, from the food of the spirits to the fatal epidemic and 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 fields to present a history that explores larger themes, such as colonialism, consumerism, medical discourse and multinational enterprise. Tobacco in History reveals the complex web of dependence and relationships surrounding this controversial commodity.
On tobacco use, its physiological effects and the role of the shamon in administration for medicinal and ritual purposes. Ranges over South America. Based upon fields work and use of portions of the huge (3000 item) bibliography. First published in 1993 in cloth. A scholarly survey exploring themes such as colonialism, consumerism, medical discourse, multinational enterprise, and the complex web between them and this controversial commodity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents
1. What is Tobacco? The Botany, Economics and Chemistry of a Strange Plant 2. Food of the Spirits: Shaminism, Healing and Tobacco in Amerindian Cultures 3. Why Tobacco? Europeans, Forbidden Fruits and the Panacea Gospel 4. Rituals, Fashions and a Medical Discourse: Tobacco Consumption Before the Cigarette 5. "The Little White Slaver": Cigarettes, Health and the Hard Sell 6. "Wholly Built Upon Smoke": the Impact of Colonialism 7. "Tobaccy's King Down Here ... ": Planter Culture to 1800 8. A Poor Man's Crop? The Globalization of Tobacco Culture Since 1800 9. "To Live By Smoke": Tobacco is Big Business Conclusion 10. To Die by Smoke: Whither Tobacco?