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 state used to be drawn into international fiscal networks via tobacco creation 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 supplies us even more than the cultural heritage of a commodity; she offers a clean viewpoint at the genesis of contemporary Bulgaria itself.
The tobacco exchange 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. via the overdue Sixties Bulgaria used to be the number 1 exporter of tobacco on the earth, with approximately one 8th of its inhabitants excited by production.
Through the pages of this e-book we stopover at the areas the place tobacco is grown and meet the retailers, the staff, and the peasant growers, such a lot of whom are Muslim through the postwar interval. alongside the best way, we find out how smoking and anti-smoking impulses prompted perceptions of luxurious and necessity, questions of novelty, imitation, price, flavor, and gender-based respectability. whereas the scope is frequently international, 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