Margherita Zanasi is Professor of Chinese History at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Economic Thought in Modern China: Market and Consumption 1500s to 1937 (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China (The University of Chicago Press, 2006).

The Opium Business: A Conversation with Peter Thilly

Peter Thilly‚Äôs new book, The Opium Business: A History of Crime and Capitalism in Maritime China (Stanford University Press, 2022), focuses on the nitty-gritty of the opium trade in Fujian Province from the 1830s to 1938. Its main goal is to shift our attention from the still-prevalent overarching narratives of national humiliation and anti-imperialist moralism […]

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