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Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease under Romanovs and Soviets

Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease under Romanovs and Soviets (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Davis, John P.

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As the nineteenth century drew to a close and epidemics in western Europe were waning, the deadly cholera vibrio continued to wreak havoc in Russia, outlasting the Romanovs. Scholars have since argued that cholera eventually fell prey to better sanitation and strict quarantine un...der the Soviets, citing as evidence imperial mismanagement, a `backward' tsarist medical system and physicians' anachronistic environmental interpretations of the disease. Drawing on extensive archival research and the so-called `material turn' in historiography, however, John P. Davis here demonstrates that Romanov-era physicians' environmental approach to disease was not ill-grounded, nor a consequence of neo-liberal or populist political leanings, but born of pragmatic scientific considerations. The physicians confronted cholera in a broad and sophisticated way, essentially laying the foundations for the system of public health that the Soviets successfully used to defeat cholera during the New Economic Policy (1922-1928). By focusing for the first time on the conclusion of the cholera epoch in Russia, Davis adds an indispensable layer of nuance to the existing conception of Romanov Russia and its complicated legacy in the Soviet period.
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ISBN 9781350130111
Released NZ 19 Sep 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Library of Modern Russia
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ISBN-13 9781350130111
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Released 19 Sep 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Davis, John P.
Series Library of Modern Russia
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
World History: From C 1900 -
European History
Social & Cultural History
Revolutions & Coups
Epidemiology & Medical Statistics
History Of Medicine
Human Geography
Historical Geography
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 947.046
Weight 386g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Cholera - History - 19th century - Russia, Cholera - History - 20th century - Russia, Public health - History - 19th century - Russia, Public health - History - 20th century - Russia, Medical policy - History - 19th century - Russia
NBS Text Medicine: General
ONIX Text College/higher education