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Opium and Modern Chinese State-Making

R Bin Wong

in Opium Regimes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220096
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220096.003.0039
Opium and Modern Chinese State-Making

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This chapter discusses Chinese state making and the impact of opium control on that process. It examines earlier efforts by the Qing state to control society in order to appreciate its impressive campaign of 1906 as an attempt to “resecure a neo-Confucian social order.” The chapter argues that the difficulties which modern China encountered in its state-making enterprise would have been easier had the British not imported opium into China. Thus, in that sense, China “bore the burden of opium.”

Keywords: opium; modern China; state making; opium control; Qing state; social order; British; imported

Chapter.  10317 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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