How the East Influenced Drug Prohibition

  title={How the East Influenced Drug Prohibition},
  author={James Windle},
  journal={The International History Review},
  pages={1185 - 1199}
  • J. Windle
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • History
  • The International History Review
In much of the academic literature drug prohibition is often described as an American, or at least a Western, construct. This paper shows how prohibitions were enforced in Asian countries while the United States and Western Europe were routinely trading opium. The concept of prohibition being a distinctly American construct is, therefore, flawed. Furthermore, Western missionaries to China are often credited as important actors in the formulation of Western prohibitions. These missionaries may… 

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