HISTORY TALKS: PANDEMİ GÜNLERİNDE TARİH KONUŞMAK
Malaria in the Ottoman Empire: A Social and Political History
The COVID-19 pandemic has stirred new interest in how disease has shaped human history. But living with the pandemic has taught each of us that disease is a political and social phenomenon. This lecture draws on a decade of experience studying malaria in the late Ottoman Empire to offer conceptual tools about how to think about the history of disease within the context of late Ottoman society. We will explore how malaria stymied Ottoman policy of the Tanzimat period, and how the disease became an issue of social class with the commercialization of the Mediterranean lowlands. We will also examine how a new, modern manifestation of malaria prompted changes to Ottoman public health infrastructure and how that infrastructure collapsed during the First World War.
Date: 20 April 2021, Tuesday
Guest: Ass. Prof. Chris Gratien, University of Virginia
Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia. He is also co-creator and producer of the Ottoman History Podcast.
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