Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy: A Study of the Asian Opium Trade, 1750-1950

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Drug epidemics are clearly not just a peculiar feature of modern life; the opium trade in the nineteenth century tells us a great deal about Asian herion traffic today. In an age when we are increasingly aware of large scale drug use, this book takes a long look at the history of our relationship with mind-altering substances. Engagingly written, with lay readers as much as specialists in mind, this book will be fascinating reading for historians, social scientists, as well as those involved in Asian studies, or economic history.
  

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Contents

The dream of empire
1
All the drowsy syrups of the world
13
Cleverer than alchemists
33
In compassion to mankind
58
Tables
65
The most gentlemanlike speculation
88
In the hands of Jews and Armenians
109
A matter of considerably greater solicitude
137
The most longcontinued and systematic international crime
160
The literature of the opium trade
174
Englebert Kaempfers comments on opium from
181
Bibliography
192
Index
203
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