Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization

Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization

Iain Gately


Tobacco was once first cultivated and loved by way of the indigenous population of the Americas, who used it for medicinal, spiritual, and social reasons lengthy earlier than the coming of Columbus. but if Europeans started to colonize the yankee continents, it grew to become anything else totally -- a cultural touchstone of delight and luck, and a coveted commodity that might remodel the realm economic climate perpetually. Iain Gately's Tobacco tells the epic tale of an strange plant and its precise dating with the heritage of humanity, from its vague old beginnings, via its upward thrust to worldwide prominence, to its present embattled kingdom at the present time. In a full of life narrative, Gately makes the case for the tobacco exchange being the driver at the back of the expansion of the yank colonies, the basis of Dutch buying and selling empire, the underpinning explanation for the African slave exchange, and the monetary foundation for our victory within the American Revolution. knowledgeable and erudite, Tobacco is a brilliant and provocative look at the advanced historical past of this invaluable plant. "A wealthy, advanced background ... Deeply attractive and witty." -- Carmela Ciuraru, l. a. instances "Ambitious ... informative and perceptive ... Gately is an a laugh author, that's a blessing." -- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington publish "[Gately] files the resourcefulness with which humans of each classification, faith, race, and continent have pursued the deadly leaf." -- John Leland, the hot York occasions publication Review

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