The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845–1885

Christopher Munn

in Opium Regimes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220096
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924499 | DOI:
The Hong Kong Opium Revenue, 1845–1885

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This chapter shows how the British quickly abandoned the one flawed attempt by Scotsmen to run an opium farm in Hong Kong and shrewdly gave it to Chinese merchants who could turn a profit. It notes that the local integuments of commercial activity throughout East Asia derived form and vigor from the power of opium to concentrate capital.

Keywords: Hong Kong; British; Scotsmen; Chinese merchants; commercial activity; East Asia; opium; capital

Chapter.  10447 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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