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The volume discusses the social and cultural history of public health and its influence on state and nation building in East and Southeast Europe, which evolved with the 19th century and stretched throughout the 20th century, including the Cold War period. The national case studies include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia, making an original contribution to the debate on the intertwined relationship between health, medicine and state and nation building. The authors challenge the idea of different paths to modernity and late modernity of Europe’s western (liberal) and eastern (communist) countries, arguing that—through the perspective of public health—the history of the region stands emblematic for the European history from the late 19th century onwards. The studies explore close links between an evolving professionalizing elite and its understanding and use of scientificprofessional knowledge on the one hand, and the modern state on the other, which in a very ambivalent way makes use of medical knowledge as a political tool for its own advancement. Close reading and dense description of the case studies on public health will contribute to a better understanding of the genuinely European patterns of public health in the state and nation building era of the last two centuries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: From the Midwife’s Bag to the Patient’s File: Public Health in Eastern Europe
  2. Heike Karge, Friederike Kind-Kovács, Sara Bernasconi
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I. Medical Agents and Modern State Building
  1. Chapter I. Moving Backward Toward Modernity: The Role of the Medical Council in the Organization of Public Health in Greece, 1834–1924
  2. Maria Zarif
  3. pp. 27-50
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  1. Chapter II. Creating the “Railway Population”: Public Health and Statistics in Late Imperial Russia
  2. Angelika Strobel
  3. pp. 51-72
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  1. Chapter III. Mastering Troubling Borders: The Ambivalence of Medical Modernization in the Prussian Province of Posen
  2. Justyna A. Turkowska
  3. pp. 73-96
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  1. Chapter IV. The Material Side of Modernity: The Midwife’s Bag in Bosnia and Herzegovina around the Turn of the Century
  2. Sara Bernasconi
  3. pp. 97-116
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  1. Part II. Public Health After Europe’s World Wars
  1. Chapter V. Who Belongs to the Healthy Body of the Nation? Health and National Integration in Poland and the Polish Army after the First World War
  2. Katrin Steffen
  3. pp. 119-144
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  1. Chapter VI. Transatlantic Humanitarianism: Jewish Child Relief in Budapest after the Great War
  2. Friederike Kind-Kovács
  3. pp. 145-172
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  1. Chapter VII. The Bodily Disabled as a Poster Boy-Veteran: War Invalids in the Soviet Union after the Second World War
  2. Alexander Friedman
  3. pp. 173-194
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  1. Chapter VIII. Afflicted Heroes: The Rise and Fall of Yugoslav War Neurosis after the Second World War
  2. Heike Karge
  3. pp. 195-216
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  1. Part III. Regulating Societies After 1945: State-Socialist Policies and Legacies
  1. Chapter IX. Politics and Family Conflicts through the Psychiatric Lens: East Berlin’s Charité in the early GDR
  2. Fanny Le Bonhomme
  3. pp. 219-242
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  1. Chapter X. Turning Women into Alcoholics: The Politics of Alcohol in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia
  2. Esther Wahlen
  3. pp. 243-262
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  1. Chapter XI. “The Gypsy Population Is Constantly Growing”: Roma and the Politics of Reproduction in Cold War Hungary
  2. Eszter Varsa
  3. pp. 263-292
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  1. Chapter XII. Underimplementing the Law: Social Work, Bureaucratic Error, and the Politics of Distribution in Postsocialist Serbia
  2. Andre Thiemann
  3. pp. 293-314
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  1. Collective Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-334
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-348
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789633862094
Related ISBN
9789633862087
MARC Record
OCLC
1048456372
Pages
358
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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