By Mary C. Neuburger
In Balkan Smoke, Mary Neuburger leads readers alongside the Bulgarian-Ottoman caravan routes and into the coffeehouses of Istanbul and Sofia. She unearths how a distant kingdom used to be drawn into worldwide fiscal networks via tobacco construction and intake and within the procedure turned sleek. In writing the lifetime of tobacco in Bulgaria from the past due Ottoman interval over the years of Communist rule, Neuburger supplies us even more than the cultural historical past of a commodity; she presents a clean standpoint at the genesis of recent Bulgaria itself.
The tobacco alternate involves form so much of Bulgaria's diplomacy; it drew Bulgaria into its fateful alliance with Nazi Germany and within the postwar interval Bulgaria was once the first provider of smokes (the famed Bulgarian Gold) for the USSR and its satellites. by way of the overdue Nineteen Sixties Bulgaria was once the number 1 exporter of tobacco on this planet, with approximately one 8th of its inhabitants fascinated with production.
Through the pages of this publication we stopover at the areas the place tobacco is grown and meet the retailers, the employees, and the peasant growers, so much of whom are Muslim through the postwar interval. alongside the best way, we learn the way smoking and anti-smoking impulses motivated perceptions of luxurious and necessity, questions of novelty, imitation, worth, style, and gender-based respectability. whereas the scope is usually worldwide, Neuburger additionally explores the politics of tobacco inside Bulgaria. one of the book's surprises are the ways that conflicts over the tobacco (and smoking) aid to explain the forbidding quagmire of Bulgarian politics.
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Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria by Mary C. Neuburger