HIST620 - COLLOQ: EUROPEAN HISTORY: DISEASE/PUB HLTH MOD ST

Description: 
This course will explore the birth of public health as a field of concern and inquiry around the world and its link to the expansion of the state from 1789 through the interwar period. How did conceptions of the nation as a sanitary unit align with the growth of government? Is health a privileged category in terms of justifying governmental intervention? In what ways has the birth of international health intersected with national public health movements? Topics include epidemics and quarantines, urban health, and public health and imperialism. We will move roughly chronologically, though many of the weeks devoted to a theme consider readings that transcend one historical period. Though this is formally a European history colloquium and the readings tilt very slightly in that direction, the emphatic goal is to consider the intersection of public health and the growth of the state all around the world. We will study phenomena not only in Europe, but also the United States, the Caribbean, North Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. To some extent, the themes and readings emphasized in the course will be dependent on student interest.
Instructors: 
CHASE-LEVENSON, ALEXANDER
Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

MCNEIL CENTER FOR EARLY AMERI 105

Activity: 
SEM
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