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Author Peckham, Robert Shannan, editor

Title Empires of Panic : Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties
Published Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, HKU, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (255 pages)
Contents Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Contributors; Introduction: Panic: Reading the Signs; 1. Empire and the Place of Panic; 2. Slow Burn in China: Factories, Fear, and Fire in Canton; 3. Epidemic Opportunities: Panic, Quarantines, and the 1851 International Sanitary Conference; 4. Health Panics, Migration, and Ecological Exchange in the Aftermath of the 1857 Uprising: India, New Zealand, and Australia; 5. Disease, Rumor, and Panic in India's Plague and Influenza Epidemics, 1896-1919; 6. Panic Encabled: Epidemics and the Telegraphic World
7. Don't Panic! The "Excited and Terrified" Public Mind from Yellow Fever to Bioterrorism8. Mediating Panic: The Iconography of "New" Infectious Threats, 1936-2009; Epilogue: Panic's Past and Global Futures; Bibliography; Index
Summary Empires of Panic is the first book to explore how panics have been historically produced, defined, and managed across different colonial, imperial, and post-imperial settings-from early nineteenth-century East Asia to twenty-first-century America. Contributors consider panic in relation to colonial anxieties, rumors, indigenous resistance, and crises, particularly in relation to epidemic disease. How did Western government agencies, policymakers, planners, and other authorities understand, deal with, and neutralize panics? What role did evolving technologies of communication play in the amplification of local panics into global events? Engaging with these questions, the book challenges conventional histories to show how intensifying processes of intelligence gathering did not consolidate empire, but rather served to produce critical uncertainties--the uneven terrain of imperial panic
Notes Print version record
Subject Panic -- Political aspects.
Panic -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789888313563 (electronic bk.)
9888313568 (electronic bk.)