Opium and Empire in Southeast Asia: Regulating Consumption in British Burma (BOK)

Ashley Wright

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This study investigates the connection between the regulation of opium and the exercise of imperial power in colonial Burma. It traces the opium industry from the British annexation of the Burmese territories of Arakan and Tenasserim in 1826 to the end of the colonial era, arguing that this connection was multi-dimensional. The British regime regulated opium to facilitate labour extraction, and the articulation of a rationale for opium policy was inextricable from the articulation of a rationale for colonial rule more generally. Evolving discourses about race invoked opium consumption. Finally, Burma's position in multiple transnational and imperial networks informed its colonial opium policy.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Ashley Wright
ISBN 9780230296466
Antall sider 224 Vekt 454 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Colonialism & imperialism