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Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819660.001.0001

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Cholera Protest over Time

Cholera Protest over Time

(p.231) 10 Cholera Protest over Time

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

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This chapter traces variations in violent reactions spurred by cholera in Spain, Portuguese territories, Venezuela, Czarist Russia, the Soviet Union, the Middle East, Tunisia, Egypt, and again Italy, now over time, including protests against quarantines as well as against municipalities prohibiting quarantine, and protests increasingly engaged with national politics with middle-class support against states’ negligence in providing clean water or investment in sewage systems. Italy, from the 1860s to the 1880s, shows another new trend: charity between the North and South with ‘young men’ sacrificing their lives to relieve suffering in hecatombs of cholera disaster, as in Naples in 1884. Despite these variations, cholera continued to spur disturbances based on class and on the old mythologies. With Ebola, cholera-like social toxins of distrust and hatred of the poor towards the medical corps provoked by funerary restrictions have endured to the present.

Keywords:   cholera, Spain, Portugal, Venezuela, Czarist Russia, Soviet Union, Middle East, Italy, student riots, Ebola

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