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Pasteur's Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, Its Colonies, and the World

Aro Velmet


In the 1890s, the Pasteur Institute established a network of laboratories that stretched across France’s empire, from Indochina to West Africa. Quickly, researchers at these laboratories became central to France’s colonial project, helping officials monopolize industries, develop public health codes, establish disease containment measures, and arbitrate political conflicts around questions of labor rights, public works, and free association. Pasteur’s Empire shows how the scientific prestige of the Pasteur Institute came to depend on its colonial laboratories and how, conversely, the institute ... More

Keywords: microbiology, bacteriology, history of medicine, colonialism, anti-imperialism, human trials, France, plague, tuberculosis, yellow fever

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190072827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190072827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aro Velmet, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern California