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Sovereignty and Imperial Hygiene: Japan and the 1919 Cholera Epidemic in East Asia

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This chapter argues that the history of Japan's colonial expansion was a two-way course, and that in terms of hygienic modernity, its experience in the colonies came back to shape the metropolitan administration. During the "long 1910s", a regional network of disease prevention regimes was integrated and driven by the common and synchronic battle against cholera, rather than by the influence of the Great War. It explores different types of preventive measures employed in the region. They also examine the coalition and the competition between the Japanese quarantine regime and Chinese regional quarantine services, all of which were shaped by the development of cholera epidemic. Such coalition and competition indicate the ascendance of the Japanese over the British as dominant in the region. The practice of quarantine was embedded in the interest of rendering populations governable through public health projects in the modern world, as commerce extended worldwide.

Keywords: China; cholera epidemic; Great War; Japan; Japanese quarantine regime



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