By Christopher Snowdon
Spain, 1493 - Europe's first smoker imprisioned via the Inquisition
England, 1604 - substantial tax upward thrust on tobacco in a bid to deter smoking
Canada, 1676 - Smoking is banned on the street
United States, 1899 - Anti-smoking campaigners demand the eradication of tobacco
Germany, 1944 - Smoking banned on public delivery to guard staff from secondhand smoke
In this revealing and meticulously researched account of an untold tale, Christopher Snowdon lines the fortunes of these who've attempted to stamp out tobacco in the course of the a while. Velvet Glove, Iron Fist takes the reader on a trip from fifteenth century Cuba to twenty first century California, through progressive France, Victorian Britain, Prohibition period the US and Nazi Germany.
Along the way in which, the writer reveals uncanny parallels among today's anti-smoking activists and people of the previous. this day, because the comparable strategies start to be used opposed to those that get pleasure from alcohol, chocolate, quickly nutrients, playing and fragrance, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist offers a well timed reminder that after politicians begin regulating inner most behaviour, they locate it very difficult to quit.
"In this solidly researched, fascinating and merely sometimes strident booklet, Christopher Snowdon, an autonomous researcher, records the cigarette's trip from patriotic necessity to pariah prestige. There had consistently been those that chanced on smoking "loathsome to the attention, hateful to the nostril, damaging to the mind, risky to the lungs," as James I positioned it in 1604. a few despots, in Hindustan and Persia, went additional, slitting smokers' lips or pouring molten lead down their throats. American prohibitionists claimed that smoking ended in ethical decay; Nazis that it was once a decadent Jewish behavior. yet few non-bigots notion that their own distaste warranted proscribing the liberty of others."
--The Economist, June eleven 2009
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24 The notion of a fundamental and once-only economic transition was sustained even more strongly by work of the 1950s ancfearly 1960s on economic development. Against the backcloth of increasing Western prosperity the literature of this period was marked by a preoccupation with growth models which might assist development policies for the Third World. Inequalities of wealth and power between different areas of the world were largely explained by the idea that the speed and timing of industrialisation varied: England was first, others followed, and the less developed laggards would eventually catch up.
M. Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (London, 1930); R. H. Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (London, 1926). 41 D. C. MeClelland, The Achieving Society (Princeton, 1961); E. E. Hagen, On the Theory of Social Change (London, 1964). 42 Ashton, Industrial Revolution, p. 19. 40 Perspectives on the Industrial Revolution 23 business success and encouraged favourable social attitudes to upward mobility because it was not obviously occurring at the expense of others. 43 As Samuel Smiles suggested: 'Anybody who devotes himself to making money body and soul can scarcely fail to make himself rich.
36 The Industrial Revolution workers' politics and the divided Labour party easier to explain as an extension of long-term factors affecting the ideology of the working class. 84 A dominant interpretation now is that the triumph of the bourgeoisie in economic and political life, traditionally regarded as a hallmark of the industrial revolution, is a myth. Variously expressed by writers such as Weiner and Anderson, it is suggested that England's present lack of commitment to a growth mentality can be traced back to the industrial revolution when the patrician land-based society never gave way to the new industrialism.
Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking by Christopher Snowdon