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About Frank Dikötter

Frank Dikötter is chair professor of the humanities at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Mao's Great Famine, and Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China.

Articles by Frank Dikötter

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Unravelling the myth of China’s 'Opium Plague'

The image of China as an opium slave was the starting point for an international ‘war on drugs’ which, over a century later, is still being fought today.

Bring out the beast: body hair in China

On the margins of civilisation and in the mists of evolution lurk hairy barbarians, furry primates and wild men. But why the fascination? Is it about getting back to our roots, or a fear of the beast within?

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