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Empire of crime : organised crime in the British Empire

Author: Timothy Newark
Publisher: Edinburgh : Mainstream Pub., 2011.
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Sometimes the best intentions can have the worst results. In 1905, British reformers banned the export of Indian opium to China. As a result, the world price of opium soared to a new high and a century of lucrative drug smuggling began. Criminal producers in other countries exploited the prohibition and gang wars broke out across South-East Asia. It was the greatest gift the British Empire gave to organised crime.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Newark
ISBN: 9781845967611 1845967615
OCLC Number: 738368988
Description: 268 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Tim Newark.

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In 1908, British reformers banned the export of Indian opium to China. As a result, the world price of opium soared to a new high and a century of drug smuggling began. The author weaves hidden  Read more...

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"Snappy as Spillane, this book is packed with girls, guns and guts. The violent milieu explored by Newark is not South Side Chicago but the British Empire" The Independent "Probing areas which Read more...

 
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