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By Miriam Kingsberg

This trailblazing examine examines the historical past of narcotics in Japan to give an explanation for the advance of worldwide standards for political legitimacy in countries and empires within the 19th and 20th centuries.

Japan underwent 3 distinctive crises of sovereignty in its glossy historical past: within the Eighteen Nineties, throughout the interwar interval, and within the Fifties. every one quandary provoked successively escalating crusades opposed to opium and different medicinal drugs, within which ethical entrepreneurs--bureaucrats, cultural manufacturers, retailers, legislations enforcement, scientists, and medical professionals, between others--focused on drug use as a method of distinguishing among populations healthy and undeserving for self-rule. Moral Nation lines the instrumental function of ideologies approximately narcotics within the country's efforts to reestablish its legitimacy as a kingdom and empire.

As Kingsberg demonstrates, Japan's turning out to be prestige as an Asian strength and a "moral state" increased the idea of "civilization" from an solely Western price to a common one. students and scholars of eastern historical past, Asian reviews, international historical past, and international reviews will achieve an in-depth knowing of ways Japan's event with narcotics prompted international criteria for sovereignty and shifted the purpose of country development, making it not a strictly political task but additionally an ethical legal responsibility to society.

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