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Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910

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Why were nearly 10,000 people killed in six weeks in Hamburg, while most of Europe was left almost unscathed? As Richard J. Evans explains, it was largely because the town was a “free city” within Germany that was governed by the “English” ideals of laissez-faire. The absence of an effective public-health policy combined with ill-founded medical theories and the miserable living conditions of the poor to create a scene ripe for tragedy. The story of the “cholera years” is, in Richard Evans’s hands, tragically revealing of the age’s social inequalities and governmental pitilessness and incompetence; it also offers disquieting parallels with the world’s public-health landscape today.

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In 1892, the German city of Hamburg was struck by an epidemic of cholera that killed nearly 10,000 people, capping a series of Cholera epidemics plaguing the liberal, bourgeois trading city. Piecing together the causes of the epidemic, Evans (modern history, Cambridge U., UK) points to the prevailing inequities of the city's social order and the laissez faire ideology of the city's government, which condemned the working poor to suffer under miserable living conditions ripe for a public health disaster.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In 1892, the German city of Hamburg was struck by an epidemic of cholera that killed nearly 10,000 people, capping a series of Cholera epidemics plaguing the liberal, bourgeois trading city. Piecing together the causes of the epidemic, Evans (modern history, Cambridge U., UK) points to the prevailing inequities of the city's social order and the laissez faire ideology of the city's government, which condemned the working poor to suffer under miserable living conditions ripe for a public health disaster. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The story of the "cholera years" is tragically revealing of the age's social inequalities and governmental incompetence. The death of 10,000 people within six weeks in Hamburg offers disquieting parallels with the world's public-health landscape today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143036364
Subtitle:
Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910
Author:
Evans, Richard J
Author:
Evans, Richard J.
Author:
Evans, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20051025
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w insert on text stock; b/w ph
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
8.38x5.56x1.30 in. 1.30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
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History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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