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Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884–1911

Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884–1911

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893862


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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.

    • 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

  • Author

    Frank M. Snowden, Yale University, Connecticut

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