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The Great Manchurian Plague of 1910-1911: The Geopolitics of an Epidemic Disease

William C. Summers


When plague broke out in Manchuria in 1910 due to transmission of marmots to humans, it struck a region struggling with the introduction of Western medicine, as well as with the interactions of three different national powers: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. This book relates how this plague killed as many as 60,000 people in less than a year, and uses the analysis to examine the actions and interactions of the multinational doctors, politicians, and ordinary residents who responded to it. It covers the complex political and economic background of early twentieth-century Manchuria and then mov ... More

Keywords: plague, Manchuria, marmots, World Health Organization, origins of plague, medical projects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300183191
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300183191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William C. Summers, author