Opium, State and Society: China's Narco-Economy and the Guomindang, 1924-1937 / Edition 1

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2001 Hardcover 824822781. Brand New; 9 x 0.75 x 6.25 Inches; 240 pages; Surprisingly little has been written about the complicated relationship between opium and China and its ... people. Opium, State, and Society goes a long way toward illuminating this relationship in the Republican. Read more Show Less

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Surprisingly little has been written about the complicated relationship between opium and China and its people. Opium, State, and Society goes a long way toward illuminating this relationship in the Republican period, when all levels of Chinese society--from peasants to schoolteachers, merchants, warlords, and ministers of finance--were physically or economically dependent on the drug.

The centerpiece of this study is an investigation of the symbiotic relationship that evolved between opium and the Guomingdang's rise to power in the years 1924-1937. Despite attempts to find other sources of revenue, the Guomindang became increasingly addicted to the tax monies derived from the drug trade prior to the war with Japan. Based solidly on a previously untapped reservoir of archival sources from the People's Republic and Taiwan, this work critically analyzes the complex realities of a government policy that vacillated between prohibition and legalization, and ultimately sought to curtail the cultivation, sale, and consumption of opium through a government monopoly.

Author Bio: Edward R. Slack, Jr. is assistant professor of history at Indiana State University.

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Introduced to China by the British in the late 1700s, opium has had a profound impact on the political, economic, and social fabric of the country since. Rather than focusing on the Opium Wars and other international aspects well known to historians, Slack (history, Indiana State U.) looks at the relationship between the drug, the government, and the people during the Republican period when all levels of society were physically or economically dependent on opium. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780824822781
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Note on Romanization xi
Weights and Measures xiii
Introduction 1
1 China's Narco-Economy in the 1920s and 1930s 6
2 The Effects of Opium on Chinese Society 34
3 Guomindang Opium Policy during the Height of Warlordism, 1924-1928 63
4 Nanjing's Response to Attacks on Opium Policy, 1924-1937 86
5 Practical Determinants of Guomindang Opium Policy 115
Conclusion 149
Appendix 159
Notes 175
Glossary 213
Bibliography 219
Index 231
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