This essay will focus on how the British understood and responded to the cholera epidemics that swept Britain four times from the early eighteen-thirties to the mid. One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the. The genius of Samuel Taylor Coleridge extended over many domains. In poetry he is best known for compositions such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Frost at. Voir tous les articles de Evola As He Is sur Evola As He Is.
So at first, it seemed logical to focus on cleanliness, which was considered an engineering and moral problem, rather than bringing in medical expertise.
Lower middle-class industrial and manufacturing districts to the North and West tended to include more dissenters, and Catholicism was associated with the Irish, both those in Ireland and the many poor Irish in England.
In an era without running water in most homes, and with many people living in small spaces, it was easy for contamination to spread. Since disease was largely believed to be caused by atmospheric problems, and by bad smells, cleaning up open cesspits, garbage piles and so forth was thought to be a way to avoid the spread of disease.
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As people in the s did not understand what caused the disease nor, indeed, know about germs which were not understood until much later in the late-nineteenth century , caregivers did not even know to wash their hands after tending the sick. The second epidemic was global and caused high death rates in Britain.
Gill and Macmillan Humanities P, Although voting reform in the guise of The Representation of the People Act Second Reform Act , which passed in , was being discussed as cholera arrived in , and although that Act was numerically much more significant, doubling the electorate and allowing many working men to vote, it was less politically explosive.
Separate reform bills were passed in the same year for Scotland and Ireland. Although most popular responses to the cholera were political and religious, public policy focused on two initial responses: This centrality was in part made possible by the increase in epidemic diseases related to industrial urbanization, but cholera, as a dramatic newcomer to the scene, gave medics a significant opportunity to take center stage.
These concerns continued to shape discussions of the role of government and its relation to individual rights up to the present day.
Through the spring of , the Lords dithered and the mood of the country grew increasingly tense.Notes. When it finally passed, on 7 June , it gave more representation to large cities that had gained population as a result of the Industrial Revolution and eliminated representation for areas where the population had diminished to the point that a Member of Parliament was often elected by only a handful of landowners.
Meanwhile, by both the poor and merchants, the doctors and clergy might be seen as allies of the elite. Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England.
So the first epidemic was immediately understood in a context of class struggle. A rather snide example of this is an article in Africa Perspectives (June ), ‘The Ideology and Politics of African Capitalists’ by Mike Sarakinsky.
Universal suffrage for adults in national and local elections was not established finally until Meanwhile, political Reformers observed, sometimes mockingly and sometimes in earnest, that if God was angry, it was probably because Reform was being stalled. Although the Charter was defeated, and there was not in fact the political fallout that many feared, it seemed to many that cholera was a disease that always accompanied—or was accompanied by—class conflict and the threat of revolution.
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By kind permission of the Oxfordshire Health Archives. In part this was because the s were fairly prosperous, reducing the discontent of the unenfranchised. Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian England. Terrified patients had never seen such symptoms before, and doctors were helpless to do anything but try remedies that they thought had worked for other diseases.
The Return of the Plague: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Illustration from Punch Thus, the conflict over the meaning of the disease that characterized the early discussions of clergy and Reformers was largely over by Between and , four cholera epidemics struck Great Britain, as part of pandemic outbreaks that affected the entire globe.
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In the s, the disease was still unfamiliar in most of the world beyond parts of the Indian subcontinent. Cholera killed far fewer than other nineteenth-century epidemics like typhoid or typhus, but those were diseases with which Britons were familiar, and, so, their depredations seemed less dramatic and received less publicity.
Because of the effects of the Public Health Act, and the subsequent development of central coordination of mortality information, we have much more information about what followed than we do about Although easily treatable today in developed areas with abundant clean water and medical care, cholera remains an important epidemic disease in parts of Africa, India, and Latin America and it has recently taken thousands of lives in Haiti.
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Despite the sporadically enforced quarantine, cholera entered Britain in the port town of Sunderland in fall of Ballads that were printed on single sheets, and given away or sold for pennies on the street, promoted the views of Reformers: Ely Local History Series. Medicine was, at the time, rapidly developing as a profession.
While Wordsworth accepts Aristotle’s definition of poetry, then, as expressing universal truths, and while he sees poetry as an activity controlled by thought, he. Download this page in PDF format. It usually enters the body through contaminated water or food and then multiplies in the intestines. It left behind documented deaths in Sunderland alone, and probably many more listed under other causes or not recorded, and swept away many thousands more throughout the Kingdom before it ebbed in late summer.
Cholera first arrived at a time of significant political change that affected the way it was understood by various groups within Britain. This essay will focus on how the British understood and responded to the cholera epidemics that swept Britain four times from the early eighteen-thirties to the mid-eighteen-sixties, with special attention to the first epidemic and how it related to political Reform.
The now enfranchised middle classes, who had been likely to oppose the intervention of government in , were in the late s more apt to see the government as protecting them from an epidemic caused by dirty poor people—especially the destitute Irish who had flooded into England, fleeing starvation in their own country caused by the potato famine that began in and continued for several years.
Besides, many people thought that probably the cholera was a figment of the imagination anyway or, at least, an exaggerated threat. So, the same class hostility that was linked to political Reform was closely connected to religious conflict, and this undermined the authority of the established Church to speak for the larger community in this crisis. These remedies, from the relatively merciful giving of opiates to more aggressive approaches such as bleeding or burning the skin, were largely worthless, as were most theories of how the disease was transmitted including, but not limited to, bad weather, foul smells, electro-magnetism and divine vengeance.
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