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Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism

Nan Enstad


Too often, notions of capitalist change rely on the myth of the willful entrepreneur from the global North who transforms the economy and delivers modernity—for good or ill—to the rest of the world. Cigarettes Inc. offers an intimate cultural history that upends this story, revealing the myriad cross-cultural encounters that produced all levels of corporate life prior to World War II. In this startling new account of corporate innovation and expansion, this book uncovers a corporate network rooted in Jim Crow segregation that stretched between the United States and China. Hundreds of white sou ... More

Keywords: cigarette, segregation, corporation, bright leaf tobaco, China, United States, empire, modernity, global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226533285
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226533452.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nan Enstad, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison