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Mortality In India

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Around the middle of the seventeenth century, European authorities succeeded in stamping out the plague from most of Europe, namely the modernized parts, rearing its ugly head only on a few occasions when it succeeded in slipping through the anti-epidemic barriers. From the very beginning of plague in India the British colonial authorities made enormous efforts to combat the disease, especially with respect to the cultural differences between Europeans and Indians in the face of epidemic diseases, these mistakes were soon corrected and the measures adapted to Indian society. Evacuation of infected local societies as an integral part of the strategy for combating plague is the reason why multiple cases of plague in Indian households were quite rare, in contrast to the situation in medieval and early modern Europe.

Keywords: British colonial authorities; bubonic plague; European authorities



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