Maritime Quarantine: The British Experience, c.1650–1900

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Routledge, 5 gru 2016 - 644
As a maritime trading nation, the issue of quarantine was one of constant concern to Britain. Whilst naturally keen to promote international trade, there was a constant fear of importing potentially devastating diseases into British territories. In this groundbreaking study, John Booker examines the methods by which British authorities sought to keep their territories free from contagious diseases, and the reactions to, and practical consequences of, these policies. Drawing upon a wealth of documentary sources, Dr Booker paints a vivid picture of this controversial episode of British political and mercantile history, concluding that quarantine was a peculiarly British disaster, doomed to inefficiency by the royal prerogative and concerns for trade and individual liberty. Whilst it may not have fatally hindered the economic development of Britain, it certainly irritated the City and the mercantile elites and remained a source of constant political friction for many years. As such, an understanding of British maritime quarantine provides a fuller picture of attitudes to trade, culture, politics and medicine in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
 

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Cover
Acknowledgements
Policy and Procedure
Gibraltar and Minorca 17201814
The Messina Crisis and Legislation 17281754
Index
Indecision in Britain 17561788
The FoulBill Dilemma 17861800
War Peace and Plague 16401814
AntiContagionism in Britain 18051825
Malta and the Ionian Islands 18151826
Mediterranean Misery plus Cholera 18251835
International Deliberation 18351853
Malta 18261851 and the Demise of Quarantine
Quarantine Stations
quarantine 17091714

Land or Sea? The Lazaretto Debate 17931800
British Board of Health and Kentish Fiasco 18031820
Gross receipts and expenses of

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