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Smoke and Ashes, Amitav Ghosh

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Smoke and Ashes is at once a travelogue, memoir and a history, drawing on decades of archival research. In it, Amitav Ghosh traces the transformative effect the opium trade had on Britain, India, and China, as well as the world at large.

The trade was engineered by the British Empire, which exported Indian opium to sell to China and redress their great trade imbalance, and its revenues were essential to the Empire's financial survival. Yet tracing the profits further, Ghosh finds opium at the origins of some of the world's biggest corporations, of America's most powerful families and prestigious institutions (from the Astors and Coolidges to the Ivy League), and of contemporary globalism itself.

Moving deftly between horticultural histories, the mythologies of capitalism, and the social and cultural repercussions of colonialism, in Smoke and Ashes, Amitav Ghosh reveals the role that one small plant had in making our world, now teetering on the edge of catastrophe.

£20.00

Hardback

416 pages

Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 23.8 cm

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