Poppies and Politics in China: Sichuan Province, 1840s to 1940s

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University of Delaware Press, 2009 - History - 308 pages
During the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, China was the most important opium-producing and opium-consuming country in the world. Within China, Sichuan Province was the largest opium-producing region. It not only produced about 40 percent of the country's entire supply during the late 1890s and early 1900s, but was home to millions of people who deeply indulged in the drug. Although considerable research has been done on opium in China, the great majority of it has focused on the national and international levels. The systematic study of opium production, distribution, and consumption, as well as its impact on the social, economic, and political realms at the regional or provincial levels, especially in Sichuan, is conspicuously lacking.

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Li's book meticulously reviews the history of the opium industry (both clandestine and legal) in China's Sichuan province.The reader does not necessarily need to be well versed in the history of China ... Read full review


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