Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Barbed-Wire ImperialismBritain's Empire of Camps, 1876-1903$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Aidan Forth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293960

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293960.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 28 July 2021

“A Source of Horror and Dread”

“A Source of Horror and Dread”

Plague Camps in India and South Africa, 1896–1901

Chapter:
(p.74) Chapter 3 “A Source of Horror and Dread”
Source:
Barbed-Wire Imperialism
Author(s):

Aidan Forth

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293960.003.0004

Plague infected India in 1896 and spread across the empire due to the transportation and communication networks fostered by imperial trade and military aggression. As microbes travelled to new imperial outposts, so did British medical experts like William Simpson, who imported Indian technologies of disease control to South Africa. Inspections conducted at train stations identified disease carriers and detained them in segregation camps. In Bombay and other cities, urban cleansing campaigns by military and police forces systematically rounded up “suspects” and evacuated them to suburban camps. The “war against plague” depended on coercion and an unprecedented set of interventions into the health and welfare of colonial populations. It reflected tangible medical concerns but also operated according to the cultural proclivities of late-Victorian empire: discourses of race and class along with anxieties about security facilitated encampment as much as scientific analysis or the precepts of germ theory.

Keywords:   Plague, Disease control, Medical experts, Germ theory, Urban cleansing, Segregation camp, Evacuation, Coercion

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.