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 finds how a distant nation used to be drawn into worldwide financial networks via tobacco construction and intake and within the technique turned glossy. In writing the lifetime of tobacco in Bulgaria from the past due Ottoman interval over the years of Communist rule, Neuburger offers us even more than the cultural background of a commodity; she presents a clean viewpoint at the genesis of recent Bulgaria itself.
The tobacco alternate involves form such a lot of Bulgaria's diplomacy; it drew Bulgaria into its fateful alliance with Nazi Germany and within the postwar interval Bulgaria used to be the first provider of smokes (the famed Bulgarian Gold) for the USSR and its satellites. by means of the overdue Nineteen Sixties Bulgaria used to be the #1 exporter of tobacco on the earth, with approximately one 8th of its inhabitants thinking about production.
Through the pages of this e-book we stopover at the areas the place tobacco is grown and meet the retailers, the employees, and the peasant growers, such a lot of whom are Muslim by way of the postwar interval. alongside the way in which, we find out how smoking and anti-smoking impulses stimulated 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 of Bulgaria. one of the book's surprises are the ways that conflicts over the tobacco (and smoking) aid to elucidate the forbidding quagmire of Bulgarian politics.
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Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria by Mary C. Neuburger