Article ID: CBB129110825

Colliding Bodies: Prostitutes, Soldiers, and Venereal Diseases in Colonial Egypt (2022)


This article explores attempts to control outbreaks of venereal diseases among prostitutes and imperial soldiers in Cairo and Alexandria leading up to and through World War I. Seeking to move beyond the usual colonial framing of center-periphery, it considers two British imperial outposts—Egypt and Australia—in conversation. The war brought thousands of Australian soldiers to Egypt, leaving their mark on Egypt and becoming marked by their time there, sometimes in indelible and deadly ways, as bodies and bodily fluids collided, and microbes passed between colonial and imperial subjects. The article argues that the highly racialized and classed system for regulating foreign and local prostitution that British officials implemented in Egypt to protect soldiers exacerbated rather than contained the spread of venereal diseases.

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Authors & Contributors
De Vries, Petra
Bliss, Katherine Elaine
MacLeod, Roy M.
Sendziuk, Paul
Aderinto, Saheed
Coleborne, Catharine
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
Health and History
Central European History
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Pennsylvania State University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Illinois Press
Cambridge University Press
Columbia University
Sexually transmitted diseases
Public health
Great Britain, colonies
Medicine and government
Liversidge, Archibald
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
Mexico City (Mexico)
East India Company (English)
Mexican Society for Sanitary and Moral Prophylaxis

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