The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection
The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection

The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection

by Mark W. Driscoll

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In The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven Mark W. Driscoll examines nineteenth-century Western imperialism in Asia and the devastating effects of "climate caucasianism"—the white West's pursuit of rapacious extraction at the expense of natural environments and people of color conflated with them. Drawing on an array of primary sources in Chinese, Japanese, and French, Driscoll reframes the Opium Wars as "wars for drugs" and demonstrates that these wars to unleash narco- and human traffickers kickstarted the most important event of the Anthropocene: the military substitution of Qing China's world-leading carbon-neutral economy for an unsustainable Anglo-American capitalism powered by coal. Driscoll also reveals how subaltern actors, including outlaw societies and dispossessed samurai groups, became ecological protectors, defending their locales while driving decolonization in Japan and overthrowing a millennia of dynastic rule in China. Driscoll contends that the methods of these protectors resonate with contemporary Indigenous-led movements for environmental justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478012740
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 379
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Mark W. Driscoll is Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is author of Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japanese Imperialism, 1895–1945, and the editor and translator of "Kannani" and "Document of Flames": Two Japanese Colonial Novels, both also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction. The Speed Race(r) and the Stopped, Incarce-Races  xiii
1. J-hād against "Gorge-Us" White Men  47
2. Ecclesiastical Superpredators  85
Intertext I. White Dude's Burden (The Indifference That Makes a Difference)  131
3. Queer Parenting  137
4. Levelry and Revelry (Inside the Gelaohui Opium Room)  171
Intertext II. Madame Butterfly and "Negro Methods" in China  209
5. Last Samurai/First Extractive Capitalist  223
6. Blow (Opium Smoke) back: The Third War for Drugs in Sichuan  255
Conclusion. "Undermining" China and Beyond Climate Caucasianism  299
Notes  311
Bibliography  325

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