Quarantine: Local and Global Histories

21 January 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Alison Bashford (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Richard McKay (University of Cambridge)


Abstract

In what way is the history of quarantine part of global history? Is it better understood within the history of globalisation? Is it always local history too, and does that matter? In this talk Alison Bashford introduces one of her current projects, Stories from the Sandstone, which explores local and global landscapes of quarantine. Maritime quarantine is one historical practice through which all the large oceanic spaces – and seas like the Mediterranean and Baltic – can be brought into a single historical frame. It was a practice that linked new world and old world histories, over which imperial powers struggled, and that produced modern nations out of older empires.

Alison Bashford is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History. She is editor of Medicine at the Border: disease, globalization and security, 1850 to the present  and author, most recently of Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth.

 

 

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