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Author Kingsberg, Miriam, 1981-

Title Moral nation : modern Japan and narcotics in global history / Miriam Kingsberg
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (325 pages) : illustrations
Series Asia--local studies/global themes ; 29
Asia--local studies/global themes ; 29
Contents Moral crusade in Meiji Japan -- Drug users in the epicenter of consumption -- Cultural producers and the Japanese empire -- Cultural producers and Manchukuo -- Merchants -- Law enforcement -- Laboratory scientists -- Medical doctors -- Moral panic in postwar Japan
Summary This trailblazing study examines the history of narcotics in Japan to explain the development of global criteria for political legitimacy in nations and empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Japan underwent three distinct crises of sovereignty in its modern history: in the 1890s, during the interwar period, and in the 1950s. Each crisis provoked successively escalating crusades against opium and other drugs, in which moral entrepreneurs--bureaucrats, cultural producers, merchants, law enforcement, scientists, and doctors, among others--focused on drug use as a means of distinguishi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Drug abuse -- Social aspects -- Japan -- History.
Drug traffic -- Japan -- History.
Japan -- Civilization -- 1868-
Japan -- Moral conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520957482 (e-book)
9780520957480 (e-book)