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Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties

Robert Peckham


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 amplif ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208449
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Peckham, editor
University of Hong Kong