Chinese Secret Societies and the Qing Dynasty's War Against Drugs
Lecture by Professor Mark Driscoll, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
206 Ingraham Hall
How did opium dealing in late imperial China offer opportunities for indigent men in secret societies to dramatically improve their lives? This happened mainly in China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. When Protestant missionaries began to pressure Qing Dynasty authorities to ban opium, secret societies opposed them with arms. This conflict intensified when Qing leaders initialized a complete ban on opium in stages beginning in 1903.