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Bull Hist Med. 2012 Fall;86(3):303-32. doi: 10.1353/bhm.2012.0050.

The "cholera cloud" in the nineteenth-century "British World": history of an object-without-an-essence.

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University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA.

Abstract

The "cholera cloud" is one of the most persistent presences in the archives of nineteenth-century cholera in the "British World." Yet it has seldom received anything more than a passing acknowledgment from historians of cholera. Tracing the history of the cholera cloud as an object promises to open up a new dimension of the historically contingent experience of cholera, as well as make a significant contribution to the emergent literature on "thing theory." By conceptualizing the cholera cloud as an object-without-an-essence, this article demonstrates how global cholera pandemics in the nineteenth century produced globalized objects in which a near-universal recognizability and an utterly context-specific set of meanings, visions, and realities could ironically cohabit.

PMID:
23241908
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10.1353/bhm.2012.0050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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