Book Reviews can only hope, will in future make use of the quite voluminous sources in Iraq itself if that country extracts itself from its present unhappy situation. r. j. barendse University of Leiden Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 18391952. Edited by timothy brook and bob tadashi wakabayashi. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 444 + xiv pp. $60.00 (cloth), $24.95 (paper). In May 1997, an international group of scholars gathered in Toronto for a groundbreaking conference on opium in East Asia jointly sponsored by the University of Toronto and York University. The organizers of the conference, Timothy Brook and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, came up with the idea after discovering that opium was not only a topic of mutual interest, but also that it was the focus of an emerging body of scholarship, for the most part still at the dissertation level at that time. Opium Regimes: China, Britain, and Japan, 18391952, edited by Brook and Wakabayashi, is a collection of seventeen of the papers presented at that extraordinarily productive conference. Traditionally, scholarship on opium, whether focusing on the (usually failed) efforts of governments to prohibit it, on the harmful effects of its abuse, or on the
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