H382 Opium & Empires: China's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context (I)
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
This course questions received historiographical knowledge by analysing the role of drugs in China’s culture and society between the early eighteenth century and today’s post-Deng Xiaoping China. Focusing on social change, patterns of narcotic consumption are introduced in accordance with cultural, social and political determinants. The aim is to reconstruct the role of drugs as part of the social life of elite representatives and general population alike.
A secondary aim of this course is to accustom history students to the use of primary source materials. This is accomplished by weekly engagement with sources, covering circa fifty percent of the time spent in class.
- Booth, M. Opium: A History (London 1996);
- Mike, J. Artificial paradises: A drugs reader (London 1999);
- Berridge, V. Opium and the people: Opiate use and drug control policy in nineteenth and early twentieth century England (London and New York 1999);
- McAllister, W. Drug diplomacy in the twentieth century: an international history (London, 2000);
- Dikötter, F., L. Laamann and X. Zhou. Narcotic culture: The social history of drugs in China, (Chicago 2004).