By James R. Rush
Opium smoking used to be a common social customized in nineteenth-century Java, and advertisement exchange in opium had far-reaching financial and political implications. As in lots of of the Dutch territories within the Indonesian archipelago, the drug used to be imported from somewhere else and offered through the island lower than a central authority monopoly - a process of profit "farms". those monopoly franchises have been regulated by means of the govt and operated through contributors of Java's chinese language elite, who have been usually additionally neighborhood officers appointed via the Dutch. The farms therefore helped help huge chinese language patronage networks that vied for keep an eye on of rural markets all through Java. James Rush explains the workings of the opium farm approach in the course of its mature years by means of measuring the social, monetary, and political succeed in of those monopolies in the Dutch-dominated colonial society. His research of the opium farm accommodates the social heritage of opium smoking in Java and of the chinese language officer elite that ruled not just the opium farming but additionally the island's chinese language group and masses of its advertisement financial system. He describes the kin one of the a variety of sessions of chinese language and Javanese, in addition to the relation of the chinese language elite to the Dutch, and he lines the political interaction that smuggling and the black industry inspired between a majority of these parts. an incredible contribution to the social and political background of Southeast Asia and now introduced again to lifestyles as a member of Equinox Publishing's vintage Indonesia sequence, this ebook offers a brand new measurement to our wisdom of nineteenth-century Javanese society and the approaches of social regulate and monetary dominance through the colonial interval. JAMES R. RUSH is a historian of recent Southeast Asia whose different works contain The final Tree: Reclaiming the surroundings in Tropical Asia; Java: A visitors' Anthology; and a number of other volumes of latest Asian biography within the Ramon Magsaysay Awards sequence. His is affiliate professor of heritage at Arizona nation collage.
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