This book addresses fundamental issues about the last decades of
Tsarist Russia, contributing significantly to current debates about
how far and how successfully modernisation was being implemented by
the Tsarist regime. It focuses on successive outbreaks of cholera
in the city of Saratov on the Volga, in particular contrasting the
outbreak of 1892 - widely regarded at the time as a national fiasco
and a transformative episode for the Russian Empire - with the
cholera epidemics of 1904-1910 when - despite completely new
scientific discoveries and administrative arrangements - Russia
suffered another national outbreak of the disease. The book sets
these outbreaks fully in their social, economic, political and
cultural context, and explains why a medical and social disaster -
which had long since been overcome in other parts of Europe -
continued much later in Russia. It explores autocratic government,
urban renewal, public health, and disaster management, including
the management of widespread public hysteria and social unrest. The
book further analyses the assimilation of Western medical
knowledge, and the resulting institutional and epistemological
changes. Overall, it demonstrates that Russia's medical history was
inseparably linked to the nature of the tsarist regime itself in
its confrontation with modernity.
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Charlotte E. Henze
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