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This 1995 book is a medical and social history of Italy's largest city during the cholera epidemics of 1884 and 1910–11. It explores the factors that exposed Naples to risk; it examines such popular responses as social hysteria, riots and religiosity; and it traces therapeutic strategies. Cholera also became a metaphor for discontent with the regime: the 1884 outbreak was a national issue which led to the rebuilding of the city amidst widespread corruption. The book sets Naples in a comparative international framework; the disease is also related to larger historical issues, such as the nature of liberal statecraft, the 'Southern Question', mass emigration, organised crime, urban renewal, and the medical profession.Read more
- The first major study of cholera in modern Italy, in the classic tradition of Richard Evans' celebrated study Death in Hamburg (Oxford University Press)
- A unique account of the rebuilding of a major city (Italy's largest) under the influence of a cholera epidemic
- The only study of an epidemic concealed by the state for political advantage
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- Date Published: July 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521893862
- length: 496 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
- weight: 0.72kg
- contains: 6 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Sanitary Anxieties:
1. A city at risk
Part II. The Public Epidemic of 1884:
2. From Provence to the Bay of Naples
3. Death in Naples
4. Survival and recovery
Part III. Risanamento and Miasma:
5. Rebuilding medicine and politics
Part IV. The Secret Epidemic of 1910–11:
6. The return of cholera:
7. Concealment and crisis:
Conclusion: Neapolitan cholera and Italian politics
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