top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Chinese and Opium under the Republic
Worse than Floods and Wild Beasts
The Chinese and Opium under the Republic
Click on image to enlarge

Alan Baumler - Author
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 310 pages
Release Date: January 2007
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6953-8

Quantity:  
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 310 pages
Release Date: January 2008
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6954-5

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Examines China’s attempts to control the opium economy in the early twentieth century.

In the nineteenth century, opium smoking was common throughout China and regarded as a vice no different from any other: pleasurable, potentially dangerous, but not a threat to destroy the nation and the race, and often profitable to the state and individuals. Once Western concepts of addiction came to China in the twentieth century, however, opium came to be seen as a problem “worse than floods and wild beasts.” In this book, Alan Baumler examines how Chinese reformers convinced the people and the state that eliminating opium was one of the crucial tasks facing the new Chinese nation. He analyzes the process by which the government borrowed international models of drug control and modern ideas of citizenship and combined them into a program that successfully transformed opium from a major part of China’s political economy to an ordinary social problem.

“In his localized examination of the issue, Baumler has shown the direction future research should take.” — China Perspectives

“This is an important addition to the literature, contributing not only to our knowledge of the opium issue in particular, but also, more broadly, to the entire history of nation building in modern China. Baumler spends much of the work discussing the political discourse about opium, which is as crucial as the opium trade itself. The strongest feature of his work is that he stands outside of the dialogue and examines it with an objective eye. So much of the discussion about drugs is morally charged that it is difficult to do so, but Baumler is able to show how this discourse developed. Reading this book forces one to make constant reference to our own War on Drugs and ‘Just Say No’ campaigns.” — Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan’s New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937–1945

“This work has the potential to significantly revise some very commonly held misconceptions of modern Chinese history.” — Michael Tsin, author of Nation, Governance, and Modernity in China: Canton, 1900–1927

Alan Baumler is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and editor of Modern China and Opium: A Reader.




Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

No table of contents available for this publication.


Related Subjects
45589/45590(MR/MH/AV)

Related Titles

The Failure of Civil Society?
The Failure of Civil Society?
The Poetics of Decadence
The Poetics of Decadence
Men of Uncertainty
Men of Uncertainty
The Pristine Dao
The Pristine Dao
A Great Undertaking
A Great Undertaking
Confucian Ethics of the Axial Age
Confucian Ethics of the Axial Age
The Old Master
The Old Master
Thinking Through Confucius
Thinking Through Confucius
Teaching the Silk Road
Teaching the Silk Road
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg