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Central to China's identity, drugs have been inextricably linked to every aspect of the country's economy, polity, society, and culture since the early nineteenth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of anti-drug crusades in twentieth-century China. Zhou Yongming addresses the complexity of anti-drug campaigns by examining how modern Chinese nationalism and the needs of state building have shaped the ways in which these campaigns have been carried out. The author traces the important role that nationalism has played in all of China's anti-drug crusades by providing the motivation, legitimacy, and emotional charge needed for Chinese authorities to take an anti-drug stance. Nationalism has provided a forum for fashioning mainstream anti-drug discourse, interpreting the history of the Opium Wars, and mobilizing the social elite and general public in the cause of drug suppression. Yet to avoid adopting nationalism as a universal concept, the author argues that its complexity and mutability can only be fully appreciated if its multiple forms and meanings in modern China are explored. At the same time, the author contends that anti-drug campaigns also are closely related to internal politics. He shows that both the Nationalists and the Communists used these campaigns to build state hegemony through mass crusades, nationwide mobilization, and the use of state violence. To achieve its goal, the state often adopted multiple interpretations of the nationalist anti-drug debate and then incorporated them into the state's hidden agenda of conducting anti-drug campaigns. Drawing on previously unavailable archival sources and personal interviews, the author tells a rich story that will be valuable to Asia scholars and narcotics researchers alike.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Nationalism, Reform, and Anti-Opium Mobilization in Late Qing Chapter 3 Nationalism and the Anti-Drug Mobilization of the Shanghai Elite, 1924–1927 Chapter 4 Society Versus State: NAOA and Opium Policies of the Nationalists, 1927–1934 Chapter 5 The Six-Year Opium Suppression Plan and the New Life Movement Chapter 6 Nationalism, Identity, and State Building: Anti-Drug Crusades in the People’s Republic, 1949–1952 Chapter 7 Facing drugs Again: Anti-Drug Discourse in Contemporary China Chapter 8 A “Peoples War” without People: Anti-Drug Campaigns in the 1990s Chapter 9 Anti-Drug Campaigns and Ethnic Minorities in Southwestern China: 1950s and 1990s Chapter 10 Conclusions Chapter 11 Notes Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Author
Posted June 23, 2003
Zhou Yongming's study of opium in 20th century China is notable for at least two reasons: 1. his description of how the Chinese Communist Party finally 'solved' the opium problem explains why so little is known about this remarkable achievement, and 2. he is one of the few scholars of China's earlier drug problem also to study the growing modern drug problem. His conclusion -- that unprecedented social control was the key to the CCP's success -- has obvious implications for the current Chinese situation, since the resurgence of drug use in China has followed the relaxation of social control in the Deng era and since, and for the War on Drugs in the U.S., since this potential model of a prohibition success story required a degree of social control anathema to American notions of a free society. Also noteworthy is the research into drug use among minority populations in China. Part of a growing field of similar scholarship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.