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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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Opium in Xinjiang and Beyond 

Opium in Xinjiang and Beyond 

(p.127) Five Opium in Xinjiang and Beyond
Opium Regimes

David Bello

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the networks by which Muslim traders brought opium to China across the northwest border. It shows that before 1839, the Qing drug problem was not solely or even mainly a coastal issue involving the British. The chapter also notes that without energetic Chinese mercantile involvement, the opium trade could never have penetrated the Chinese economy to the extent it did.

Keywords:   Muslim traders, opium, China, Qing drug problem, 1839, British, Chinese mercantile, opium trade, Chinese economy

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