Plague in the Early Modern Mediterranean | Edna Bonhomme

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Edna Bonhomme
Paris, July 2013
Historians have long been wise to disease as a factor in historical events and developments. More recently, scholars have begun to focus on how conceptions and understandings of disease intersect with issues of culture, politics, race, gender, and class. In this episode, Edna Bonhomme discusses some cultural and social history approaches to the topic of disease through the lens of plague in the eighteenth-century Mediterranean, and explains some of the issues relating to disease surrounding Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt. 

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Edna Bonhomme is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University studying disease and health in the Mediterranean.
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East (see

Episode No. 125
Release date: 4 October 2013
Location: Paris, France
Editing and Production by Chris Gratien
Images and Bibliography courtesy of Edna Bonhomme
Additional thanks to Graham Pitts

Note for the listener: Although this podcast refers to certain primary sources, it is also a synthesis of publicly available information and draws on the following works below, which are also mentioned during the course of the episode. For the purposes of academic citation, we encourage you to consult these works.


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Antoine Jean-Gros, "Bonaparte visitant les pestiférés de Jaffa le 11 mars 1799" (1804)
James Gillray, "French generals retiring on account of their health," (1790)
Source:  Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University


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