Opium’s Long Shadow: From Asian Revolt to Global Drug Control
Steffen Rimner will talk about his new book: Opium’s Long Shadow: From Asian Revolt to Global Drug Control (Harvard University Press, 2018). The League of Nations Advisory Committee on the Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs, created in 1920, culminated almost eight decades of political turmoil over opium trafficking, which was by far the largest state-backed drug trade in the age of empire. Opponents of opium had long struggled to rein in the profitable drug. Opium’s Long Shadow shows how diverse local protests crossed imperial, national, and colonial boundaries to gain traction globally and harness public opinion as a moral deterrent in international politics after World War I.
Date: 22 February 2019, 17:00 (Friday, 6th week, Hilary 2019)
Venue: Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road OX2 6LU
Venue Details: Kin-Ku Cheng Lecture Theatre
Speakers: Speaker to be announced
Organising department: Faculty of Oriental Studies
Organiser: Professor Rana Mitter
Organiser contact email address: clare.orchard@orinst.ox.ac.uk
Host: Professor Rana Mitter
Topics: Opium trade--History
Booking required?: Not required
Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Clare Orchard