From Rapid Change to Stasis: Official Responses to Cholera in British-Ruled India and Egypt: 1860 to c. 1921 1 sheldon watts Cairo, Egypt settlements following World War I, I n the years before the territorialbuild uptheir organizational skills and nation states in the world's North used their science and technology to huge empires in the world's South. Yet progress in Northern science was sometimes subject to abrupt reversal. 2 One of these reversals, extremely costly in non-white lives and earlier ignored by historians, took place in the middle months of 1868. The reversal involved attitudes in Britain . . . and cholera. Cholera was thought to be endemic (constantly present) at the mouth of the River Ganges, in Bengal, in India. It touched down briefly in Britain and Europe and North America in the 1830s, 1860s, and at other times in the nineteenth century. Cholera was a strange disease that killed 1 The core of this paper was delivered to the History Faculty, University of Sydney (7 April 2000) and the Centre for the Study of Health and Society, University of Melbourne (28 March 2000). Parts of the paper were presented at the University of MarylandBaltimore Medical School
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 1, 2001
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