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Smoke and Mirrors: Tobacco and Opium's Effects on How China Sees Itself and the Modern World

Smoke and Mirrors: Tobacco and Opium's Effects on How China Sees Itself and the Modern World

Tobacco’s history and China’s reactions thereto reflect the profound impressions that colonial intervention has left on China’s historical consciousness. By considering China’s former opium trade and its current tobacco industry, one may discover a paradox that is both a product of and a response to its modern history.