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Keith McMahon - The Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China (Culture and Politics) - 9780742518025 - V9780742518025
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The Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China (Culture and Politics)

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Description for The Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China (Culture and Politics) Hardcover. A cross-cultural study of opium in 19th-century China. It explores early Western observations of opium smoking, the formation of arguments for and against the legalization of opium, the portrayals of opium smoking in Chinese poetry and prose, and scenes of opium-smoking interactions in China. Num Pages: 256 pages, bibliography, index. BIC Classification: 1FPC; 3JH; HBJF; HBLL; HBTB; JFC; JFFH1. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 237 x 147 x 19. Weight in Grams: 456.
In this first truly cross-cultural study of opium, Keith McMahon considers the perspectives of both smokers and non-smokers from China and the Euro-West and from both sides of the issue of opium prohibition. The author stages a dramatic confrontation between the Chinese opium user and the Euro-Westerner who saw in opium the image of an uncanny Asiatic menace. Opium was inextricably bound up with generalizations made about teeming Asiatic masses, nightmarish opium sots, effeminate Chinamen, and orientalized white women. In China, opium—called the Western Drug—was tied to the arrival of Christianity and Western greed. The rise of the opium demon ... Read more

Product Details

Format
Hardback
Publication date
2002
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Condition
New
Number of Pages
256
Place of Publication
Lanham, MD, United States
ISBN
9780742518025
SKU
V9780742518025
Shipping Time
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Ref
99-15

About Keith McMahon
Keith McMahon is professor and chair of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Kansas.

Reviews for The Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China (Culture and Politics)
Keith McMahon's monograph is a genuine contribution to the late Qing opium discourse, even today often mired in the unreflected condemnation of a complex and sophisticated smoking culture.
Lars Peter Laaman
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
This study contributes to the cultural history of late imperial China and the contemporaneous West. Recommended.
... Read more

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