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Includes images of many well-known smokers, including James Dean, Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart, Mae West, Charlie Parker and Johnny Depp.Examines smoking in many guises, including history, culture, art, literature, gender, sexuality and health; also assesses the future of smoking and describes the harm it causes.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 Cultural History of Smoking Around the World" examines the culture of smoking in different traditions and places. From opium dens in Victorian England to tobacco in Edo-period Japan, and from ganja and cocaine to Havana cigars, "Smoke "encompasses the subject asno book has before.More than 300 illustrations document smoking and smokers of many substances including tobacco, scented cigarettes, marijuana, opium and cocaine. The 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.Sander L. Gilman is distinguished professor of the liberal arts and medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is the author and editor of more than 60 books.Zhou Xun is an ESRC research fellow inthe History Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U
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