Opium is greater than only a drug extracted from poppies. over the last centuries it's been a palliative medication, an addictive substance, a strong mechanism for concentrating and shifting wealth and tool among countries, and the anchor for a now vanished sociocultural global in and round China. Opium Regimes integrates the pioneering learn of 16 students to teach that the opium exchange was once now not simply a British operation yet concerned chinese language retailers, chinese language country brokers, and jap imperialists besides. The e-book offers a coherent ancient arc that strikes from British imperialism within the 19th century, to chinese language capital formation and country making on the flip of the century, to eastern imperialism in the course of the Thirties and Forties, and at last to the plain answer of China's opium challenge within the early 1950s.

Together those essays express that the complicated interweaving of commodity buying and selling, dependancy, and country intervention in opium's historical past refigured the historic face of East Asia extra profoundly than the other commodity.

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