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Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb


Terrorism is a cancer. An infection. An epidemic. A plague. We have heard these phrases thousands of times since the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. They are spoken in Paris, in London, Marseilles, Boston, Barcelona, Mosul, Islamabad. This favorite figure did not originate in the twenty-first century, however: its history and metaphorical transformations carry readers from the British East India Company to the French conquest of Algeria and the expansion of the US Empire in the twenty-first century. This book's seven chapters uncover the colonial history of a dead metaphor that has f ... More

Keywords: pandemic, epidemic, colonialism, terrorism, literature, empire, medicine, postcolonial, epidemiology, Islam

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226739212
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226739496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb, author
University of Toronto

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