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Author Davis, John P., author
Title Russia in the time of cholera : disease under Romanovs and Soviets / John P. Davis
Imprint London : I.B. Tauris, 2018
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 Modern History Library  614.514 D262    AVAILABLE    30550100642865
Descript xvi, 314 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Series The Library of Modern Russia ; 7
Library of modern Russia ; 7
Note 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 under 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
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-309) and index
Subject Cholera -- Russia -- History -- 19th century
Cholera -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
Diseases -- Russia -- History -- 19th century
Diseases -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
Medicine -- Russia -- History -- 19th century
Medicine -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
Public health -- Russia -- History -- 19th century
Public health -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
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