Pub. Date:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Smoke: A Global History of Smoking

Smoke: A Global History of Smoking

by Sander L. Gilman, Xun Zhou


Current price is , Original price is $38.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.


Human beings have always smoked, and they probably always will. Every culture in recorded history has smoked something, whether as a cure or for pleasure, whether as part of a ritual or as an aspect of popular culture. It is curious, then, that no history of smoking has been written based on the assumption that smoking – in all of its forms and products – is a cultural phenomenon common to all human societies.

Smoke: A Global History of Smoking examines the culture of smoking in different traditions and locations around the world. From opium dens in Victorian England to tobacco in Edo period Japan, and from ganja and cocaine to Havana cigars, Smoke encompasses the subject as no book has before.

Based in cultural history, it employs a large number of images as part of its evidence: around 300 illustrations document smoking and smokers of many substances including tobacco, scented cigarettes, marijuana, opium and cocaine. The various essays examine the changing role of smoking in high and popular culture, ranging from images used in advertising to the legal and moral critiques of smoking, and from opera to the internet. Smoke will appeal to all those who smoke, all those who used to smoke, and all those who have tried, and failed, to give it up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861892003
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 7.78(w) x 10.24(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over sixty books, including Health and Illness: Images of Difference (Reaktion Books, 1996).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Sander L. Gilman and Zhou Xun
Ritual Smoking in Central America - Francis Robicsek
The Pleasures and Perils of Smoking in Early Modern England - Tanya Pollard
Smoking in Sub-Saharan Africa - Allen F. Roberts
Tobacco in Iran - Rudi Matthee
Smoking and Ayurvedic Medicine in India - P. Ram Manohar
Tobacco Culture in Japan - Barnabas Tatsuya Suzuki
Smoking in Imperial China - Timothy Brook
Tobacco in Edo Period Japan - Timon Screech
How Do We Smoke? Accessories and Utensils - Ben Rapaport
The Belle Epoque of Opium - Jos Ten Berge
The Opium Den in Victorian London - Barry Milligan
Smoking and Sociability - Matthew Hilton
Havana Cigars and the West's Imagination - Jean Stubbs
A Century of Kretek - Mark Hanusz
Ganja in Jamaica - J. Edward Chamberlin and Barry Chevannes
Smoking and All That Jazz - Stephen Cottrell
Smoking in Modern China - Zhou Xun
Smoking in Modern Japan - Daniel Gilman
Cigarettes in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia - Ruth Mandel
The Cocaine Experience - Alberto Castoldi
Smoking & Sociability
Symbol and Image: Smoking in Art since the Seventeenth Century - Benno Tempel
The Houkah in the Harem: On Smoking and Orientalist Art - Ivan Davidson Kalmar
Smoking in Opera - Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon
In Praise of Lady Nicotine: A Bygone Era of Prose, Poetry...and Presentation - Eugene Umberger
Cinematic Smoke: From Weimar to Hollywood - Noah Isenberg
Emblems of Emptiness: Smoking as a Way of Life in Jean Eustache's La Maman et la Putain - Dawn Marlan
Smoking & Art
Jews and Smoking - Sander L. Gilman
The Commodified African American in Nineteenth-Century Tobacco Art - Dolores Mitchell
Women and Nineteenth-Century Images of Smoking - Dolores Mitchell
Toward a Queer History of Smoking - Robyn L. Schiffman
Gender & Ethnicity
Why Do We Smoke?: The Physiology of Smoking - Leslie Iverson
Smoking, Science and Medicine - John Welshman
Engineering Consumer Confidence in the Twentieth Century - Allan M. Brandt
Marlboro Man and the Stigma of Smoking - Patrick W. Corrigan
Smoking & Advertising
Select Bibliography
Photographic Acknowledgements

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews