Reviews 211 Kathleen L. Lodwick. Crusaders against Opium: Protestant Missionaries in China, 1874-1917. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1996. xi, 232 pp. Hardcover $29.95, isbn: 0-8131-1924-3. Opium loomed large in the modern encounter between China and the West, and while the diplomatic, military, and economic aspects of the opium trade have been well researched, almost nothing has been written about the social side-- about smoking, rates of addiction, and the struggle to end fhis terrible evil. The only recent work was a 1975 survey of opium smoking in Qing China by Jonathan Spence.1 But fhe current international "war on drugs" has sparked renewed interest in the batde against opium that took place one hundred years ago, and with increasing regularity papers and conferences are being devoted to this subject.2 While fhe volume under review is a much welcomed first effort to explore the social dimensions of fhis history, its scope is limited to one small, albeit important, aspect of fhe larger picture, namely the campaign undertaken by Protestant missionaries in China to bring an end to fhe opium trade and assist in eradicating opium growing and smoking. The time frame chosen for the study does not, however,
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1997
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