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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 Collaboration in Central China, 1938–1940

Opium and Collaboration in Central China, 1938–1940

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Opium Regimes

Timothy Brook

University of California Press

This chapter reconstructs the formation of the agencies of collaboration in central China in 1938 under the aegis of a state entity called the Reformed Government, through which Japan sought, among other goals, to manage the opium/narcotics trade. It argues that the revenue opium generated was important for keeping both the regime and its military patrons financially solvent. However, solvency came at a cost of legitimacy, which even collaborators needed to claim.

Keywords:   central China, Reformed Government, Japan, opium/narcotics trade, revenue, agencies of collaboration

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