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The English System: Quarantine, immigration and the making of a Port Sanitary zone

Krista Maglen


The English Systemis a history of port health and immigration at a critical moment of transformation at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. It challenges generally held assumptions that quarantine policies delineated intransigent national borders, and argues instead that the British geo-body was defined as a more fluid construction. A combination of port sanitation and sanitary surveillance, known to contemporaries as the ‘English System,’ was gradually introduced as an alternative to obstructive quarantines at a time of growing international commerce. Yet at the ... More

Keywords: quarantine, ports, immigration, transmigration, disease categories, borders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089657
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krista Maglen, author