This episode, the second of two exploring opium as a commodity, focuses on the British role in the opium trade in the 1700-1800s and an overview of the market as we head into the 1900s. I focus on the expansion of the British in India, the Opium Wars, the opium trade overall, and how this sets the stage for prohibition.
- Throughline Hong Kong episode
- More on Chinese perspective?
- Book: Imperial Twilight by Stephen Platt for context leading up to and through the first Opium War