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Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952

Timothy Brook, Patrick Carr, and Maria Kefalas


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. This book integrates the research of sixteen scholars to show that the opium trade was not purely a British operation, but involved Chinese merchants, Chinese state agents, and Japanese imperialists as well. It presents an historical arc that moves from British imperialism in the nineteenth c ... More

Keywords: palliative medicine, addictive substance, wealth transfer, power transfer, Chinese merchants, Chinese state agents, Japanese imperialists, British imperialism, commodity trading, state intervention

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520220096
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Brook, editor

Patrick Carr, editor

Maria Kefalas, editor

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Introduction: Opium’s History in China

Timothy Brook, and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Part One The International Context

Part Two Distribution and Consumption

Six Drug Operations by Resident Japanese in Tianjin

Motohiro Kobayashi, and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Part three Control and Resistance

Part Four Crisis and Resolution

Fifteen An Opium Tug-of-War: Japan versus the Wang Jingwei Regime

Motohiro Kobayashi, Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, and Aaron Skabelund