Epidemics, Empire, and Environments: Cholera in Madras and Quebec City, 1818-1910

Type of resource
Author/collaborator
Title
Epidemics, Empire, and Environments: Cholera in Madras and Quebec City, 1818-1910
Abstract
Throughout the nineteenth century, cholera was a global scourge against human populations. Practitioners had little success in mitigating the symptoms of the disease, and its causes were bitterly disputed. What experts did agree on was that the environment played a crucial role in the sites where outbreaks occurred. The author presents a case study of the environmental changes made to fight cholera in two markedly different British colonies: Madras in India and Quebec City. The colonial state in Quebec aimed to emulate British precedent and develop similar institutions that allowed authorities to prevent cholera by imposing quarantines and controlling the disease through comprehensive change to the urban environment and sanitary improvements. In Madras, however, the provincial government sought to exploit the colony for profit and was reluctant to commit its resources to measures against cholera that would alienate the city's inhabitants. It was only in 1857, after concern rose in Britain over the health of its troops in India, that a civilizing mission of sanitary improvement was begun. The author examines the complex political and economic factors which came to bear on the reshaping of each colony's environment and the urgency placed on disease control.
Place
Pittsburgh, PA
Publisher
University of Pittsburgh Press
Date
2015
Language
en
Citation
Zeheter, Michael. Epidemics, Empire, and Environments: Cholera in Madras and Quebec City, 1818-1910. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.
Find in a library
Permalink