Grey Zones: Opium Trade, Migrations, and Empires in Central and Northeast Asia, 1900s-1930s

Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar
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In person
CGIS South, S354, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

By comparing the border area between Turkestan and Xinjiang with the region in the Russian Far East bordering Manchuria, the talk will explore how the cross-border opium economy connected the Tsarist Empire and then the USSR to China and to the larger global opium market. It will also highlight the ambiguous status between legality and illegality in which opium remained during this period of imperial competition and state collapse, and the contradictions in both Tsarist and early Soviet rule of these two key Asian borderlands.

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Co-sponsored by Imperiia Project


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