Mediterranean quarantines, 1750–1914

Space, identity and power

Edited by John Chircop and Francisco Javier Martinez

Mediterranean quarantines, 1750–1914


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1554-6
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2018
  • BIC Category: Sociology, History of Medicine, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, HISTORY / Europe / General, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, MEDICAL / History, Society & social sciences / General, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Medicine / History of medicine
  • Series: Social Histories of Medicine


Mediterranean quarantines investigates how quarantine, the centuries-old practice of collective defence against epidemics, experienced significant transformations from the eighteenth century in the Mediterranean Sea, its original birthplace. The new epidemics of cholera and the development of bacteriology and hygiene, European colonial expansion, the intensification of commercial interchanges, the technological revolution in maritime and land transportation and the modernisation policies in Islamic countries were among the main factors behind such transformations. The book focuses on case studies on the European and Islamic shores of the Mediterranean showing the multidimensional nature of quarantine, the intimate links that sanitary administrations and institutions had with the territorial organisation of states, international trade, political regimes and the construction of national, colonial and professional identities


John Chircop is Associate Professor at the Department of History and Chairperson of the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta

Francisco Javier Martínez is FCT Researcher at CIDEHUS, University of Évora, Portugal


Introduction: Mediterranean quarantine disclosed: space, identity and power - John Chircop and Francisco Javier Martínez
Part I: Space
1 Quarantine and territory in Spain during the second half of the nineteenth century - Quim Bonastra
2 Cholera epidemics, local politics and nationalism in the province of Nice during the first half of the nineteenth century - Dominique Bon
3 Mending 'Moors' in Mogador: Hajj, cholera and Spanish-Moroccan regeneration, 1890-99 - Francisco Javier Martínez
Part II: Identity
4 Quarantine in Ceuta and Malta in the travel writings of the late-eighteenth-century Moroccan ambassador Ibn Uthmân Al-Meknassî - Malika Ezzahidi
5 Policing boundaries: quarantine and professional identity in mid-nineteenth-century Britain -
Lisa Rosner
6 Prevention and stigma: the sanitary control of Muslim pilgrims from the Balkans, 1830-1914 - Christian Promitzer
7 Contagion controversies on cholera and yellow fever in mid-nineteenth-century Spain: the case of Nicasio Landa - Jon Arrizabalaga and Juan Carlos García-Reyes
Part III: Power
8 Quarantine sanitization, colonialism and the construction of the 'contagious Arab' in the Mediterranean, 1830s-1900 - John Chircop
9 Epidemics, quarantine and state control in Portugal, 1750-1805 - Laurinda Abreu
10 Quarantine and British "protection" of the Ionian Islands, 1815-64 - Costas Tsiamis, Eleni Thalassinou, Effie Poulakou-Rebelakou and Angelos Hatzakis
11 Inland sanitary cordons and liberal administration in southern Europe: Mallorca (Balearic Islands), 1820-70 - Joana Maria Pujades-Mora and Pere Salas-Vives

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