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Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Historical Association. Essex Branch. Saturday 3 December 2016
The Myth of the ‘Opium Plague’ in Late Imperial China
The Essex branch of the Historical Association will be holding a talk on 3rd December 2016 at 2.30pm in Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB on the Myth of the ‘Opium Plague’ in Late Imperial China. We are pleased to welcome Dr Xun Zhou of the Department of History, Essex University. She is a respected historian of the People’s Republic of China, whose recent works include: The Great Famine in China, 1958-1962: a Documentary History (2012)and Forgotten Voices: Mao’s Great Famine, 1958-1961: an oral history (2014). In this talk she will show that opium was a banal substance prior to the Anglo Chinese War in the 1840s. People in China smoked or used the substance for a variety of cultural, social and medicinal purposes. The prohibition in the late 19th and early 20th century contributed to social exclusion, driving opium consumption down the social ladder as it was criminalised. It was government policies purporting to contain opiates that actually created a 'drug problem’. Visitors and prospective members welcome. . For further details find us on the internet at www.history.org.uk and essexbranchha.blogspot.com