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Empires of Vice: The rise of opium prohibition across Southeast Asia. By Diana S. Kim. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 336p. $35.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.

Baker, J. (2021) Empires of Vice: The rise of opium prohibition across Southeast Asia. By Diana S. Kim. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 336p. $35.00 cloth, $24.95 paper. Perspectives on Politics, 19 (2). pp. 676-677.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S153759272100089X
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Abstract

In this beautifully penned and scrupulously researched book, Diana S. Kim returns our attention to the opium prohibition regimes of Southeast Asia. For an era so thoroughly picked over by generations of historians, Kim shows us there is still so much to learn, and indeed to unlearn, about what we know of colonial opium regimes. Few, she argues, have taken seriously the puzzle of how and why colonial states untethered themselves from the revenue generated by opium tax farms in Southeast Asia. Her research contributes to our understanding of this period by highlighting the role of local colonial administrators in reshaping and ultimately hastening the end of colonial opium regimes...

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Political Science Association
Copyright: © 2021 The Authors.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/61121
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