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Opium: A Journey Through Time [Hardcover]

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Opium is one of the most evocative words in the English language. It is derived from the ancient Greek word for the sap of the poppy pod ('opion') but in its long history it has changed from being seen as a Gift from the Gods to the Scourge of Modern Society and yet paradoxically both statements are true. Opium and its derivatives are, it seems, all things to all men and have been for thousands of years. Its story goes back five thousand years or more and has its origins in the beginnings of human society and there seems little doubt that opium will be there to help relieve the suffering, and indeed be the cause in certain cases, when civilization itself comes to an end.

How can such a small, fragile flower be responsible for both relieving and causing so much suffering to humanity? To try and address this question this book investigates that complex relationship.

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Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Mercury Books
ISBN  190466850X  
ISBN13  9781904668503  

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Providing a strong artistic accent to the story of opium's pros and cons  Oct 5, 2005
Opium has held a mixed history in human affairs, moving from being a gift to humanity to being viewed as the addictive scourge of mankind. Opium: A Journey Through Time is a lovely documentation of these transitions, going back five thousand years to consider its origins in human affairs, to modern times. Gorgeous color illustrations pack Shearing's journey, providing a strong artistic accent to the story of opium's pros and cons.


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