From vice to crime | Curio

From vice to crime

29 mins | Jul 18, 2020

How European empires broke the habit of opium consumption. Consuming opium was never universally accepted, but there were times when it was also not an absolute evil. European empires were even addicted to opium smoking until their own agents launched a moral crusade to prohibit it. Author Diana Sue Kim examines this remarkable and historic transition in Aeon magazine.

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From Aeon magazine