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Opium RegimesChina, Britain, and Japan, 1839-1952$
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Timothy Brook, Patrick Carr, and Maria Kefalas

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220096

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220096.001.0001

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The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845–1885

The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845–1885

(p.105) Four The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845–1885
Opium Regimes

Christopher Munn

University of California Press

This chapter shows how the British quickly abandoned the one flawed attempt by Scotsmen to run an opium farm in Hong Kong and shrewdly gave it to Chinese merchants who could turn a profit. It notes that the local integuments of commercial activity throughout East Asia derived form and vigor from the power of opium to concentrate capital.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, British, Scotsmen, Chinese merchants, commercial activity, East Asia, opium, capital

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