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Early Modern Globalization and the Origins of Tobacco in China, 1550–1650

Carol Benedict

in Golden-Silk Smoke

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262775
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262775.003.0002
Early Modern Globalization and the Origins of Tobacco in China, 1550–1650

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Tobacco swept into China on the same crest of global mobility that carried it to Africa and other parts of Eurasia. The maritime zones along the southern coast and the northeastern Liaodong Peninsula, the two major channels through which tobacco was introduced into the East Asian mainland, were diverse regions of cross-cultural interaction. Tobacco entered mainland East Asia in the sixteenth century and diffused widely in the early 1600s. This chapter emphasizes the highly interactive nature of the diffusion process along multiple Chinese frontiers. It discusses early modern globalization and highlights the ways that Asian actors participated fully in tobacco's transmission through the interconnecting networks that linked the Chinese empire to far-flung places across both the world's oceans and the Eurasian continent. The chapter discusses the introduction of tobacco into early Qing Manchuria and eastern Mongolia, as well as the introduction of water-pipe tobacco into China's western borderlands.

Keywords: China; tobacco; globalization; East Asia; Eurasia; Manchuria; Mongolia; water-pipe tobacco; maritime zones

Chapter.  8237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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