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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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Plague Beyond India

Plague Beyond India

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Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

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This chapter investigates whether plague protest in India can be generalized for the rest of the world. Outside India such riots were far fewer and on a smaller scale. Plague riots in China added an ingredient rarely seen in India—violence against foreigners accused of plague spreading. Yet the Chinese protests resembled the Indian in railing against severe plague regulations (isolation and military searches) and forming class alliances. Plague riots in the Middle East, more prevalent than in Europe, were remarkably secular and economically motivated, even when occurring at pilgrimage sites and comprising religious leaders and religious students. San Franciscan attitudes to plague radically departed from those previously seen in that city towards smallpox and tuberculosis. While those diseases divided San Francisco by class and race, plague demonstrations united the Chinese and white citizens against US public health legislation that enforced prejudicial quarantines and compulsory inoculation on the Chinese alone.

Keywords:   plague, China, Russia, Korea, military searches, foreigners, Middle East, pilgrimage sites, Mexico, San Francisco

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