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Empires of PanicEpidemics and Colonial Anxieties$
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Robert Peckham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208449

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208449.001.0001

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Health Panics, Migration, and Ecological Exchange in the Aftermath of the 1857 Uprising

Health Panics, Migration, and Ecological Exchange in the Aftermath of the 1857 Uprising

India, New Zealand, and Australia

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(p.87) 4 Health Panics, Migration, and Ecological Exchange in the Aftermath of the 1857 Uprising
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Empires of Panic
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James Beattie

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208449.003.0004

In Chapter 4, “Health Panics, Migration, and Ecological Exchange in the Aftermath of the 1857 Uprising: India, New Zealand, and Australia,” James Beattie considers the ways in which two panics overlapped to an extent that they became inseparable. While the Uprising of 1857 in India fuelled a panic about the murderous intentions of the indigenous population, it also triggered a health panic as the British worried about the pathological effects of the land and its climate on their constitution. Beattie tracks unexpected and surprisingly overlooked connections between Australia, New Zealand, and India. The chapter demonstrates how fears of India’s tropical climate after the events of 1857 precipitated a flurry of Australasian proposals for the health migration of British troops and officials from India to the antipodes. The chapter also shows how such fears led to the introduction of Australian trees into India for perceived health benefits, as well as the development of hill stations in Australasia.

Keywords:   Panics, Diseases, Fire, Colonies, Policies, Government, History, Empires, Technology

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