Opium is more than just a drug extracted from poppies. Over the past two centuries it has been a palliative medicine, an addictive substance, a powerful mechanism for concentrating and transferring wealth and power between nations, and the anchor for a now vanished sociocultural world in and around China.
ILLUSTRATIONS AND TABLES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION: Opium's History in China; 1. Opium for China: The British Connection; 2. From Peril to Profit: Opium in Late-Edo to Meiji Eyes; 3. Drugs, Taxes, and Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia; 4. The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845-1885; 5. Opium in Xinjiang and Beyond; 6. .Drug Operations by Resident Japanese in Tianjin; 7. Opium/Leisure/Shanghai: Urban Economies of Consumption; 8. Opium and Modern Chinese State-Making; 9. Opium and the State in Late-Qing Sichuan 10. Poppies, Patriotism, and the Public Sphere: Nationalism and State Leadership in the Anti-Opium Crusade in Fujian, 1906-191611. The National Anti-Opium Association and the Guomindang State, 1924-1937; 12. Opium Control versus Opium Suppression: The Origins of the 1935 Six-Year Plan to Eliminate Opium and Drugs; 13. The Responses of Opium Growers to Eradication Campaigns and the Poppy Tax, 1907-1949; 14. Opium and Collaboration in Central China, 1938-1940; 15. An Opium Tug-of-War Japan versus the Wang Jingwei Regime; 16. Resistance to Opium as a Social Evil in Wartime China 17. Nationalism, Identity, and State-Building: The Antidrug Crusade in the People's Republic, 1949-1952BIBLIOGRAPHY; CONTRIBUTORS; INDEX
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