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

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

by Edward R. Slack
ISBN-10:
0824823613
ISBN-13:
9780824823610
Pub. Date:
10/28/2000
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824823610
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Note on Romanizationxi
Weights and Measuresxiii
Introduction1
1China's Narco-Economy in the 1920s and 1930s6
2The Effects of Opium on Chinese Society34
3Guomindang Opium Policy during the Height of Warlordism, 1924-192863
4Nanjing's Response to Attacks on Opium Policy, 1924-193786
5Practical Determinants of Guomindang Opium Policy115
Conclusion149
Appendix159
Notes175
Glossary213
Bibliography219
Index231

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