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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 and Modern Chinese State-Making

Opium and Modern Chinese State-Making

(p.188) (p.189) Eight Opium and Modern Chinese State-Making
Opium Regimes

R Bin Wong

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Chinese state making and the impact of opium control on that process. It examines earlier efforts by the Qing state to control society in order to appreciate its impressive campaign of 1906 as an attempt to “resecure a neo-Confucian social order.” The chapter argues that the difficulties which modern China encountered in its state-making enterprise would have been easier had the British not imported opium into China. Thus, in that sense, China “bore the burden of opium.”

Keywords:   opium, modern China, state making, opium control, Qing state, social order, British, imported

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