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From the Midwife's Bag to the Patient's File

Public Health in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

This volume offers an analysis of the intertwined relationship between public health and the biopolitical dimensions of state- and nation building in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. It challenges the idea of diverging paths towards modernity of Europe's western and eastern countries by not only identifying ideas, discourses and practices of "solving" public health issues that were shared among political regimes in the region; it also uncovers the ways in which, since the late nineteenth century, the biopolitical organization of the state both originated from and shaped an emerging common European framework.

The broad range of local case studies stretches from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Greece and Hungary, to Poland, Serbia, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia. Taking a time span that begins in the late nineteenth century and ends in the post-socialist era, the book makes an original contribution to scholarship examining the relationship between public health, medicine, and state- and nation building in Europe's long twentieth century. Close readings and dense descriptions of local discourses and practices of "public" health help to reflect on the transnational and global entanglements in the sphere of public health. In doing so, this volume facilitates comparisons on the regional, European, and global level.

About the Authors

Heike Karge is Assistant Professor at the Chair for Southeast and East European History, University of Regensburg.

Friederike Kind-Kovács is Assistant Professor at the Chair for Southeast and East European History, University of Regensburg and a postdoctoral fellow of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg/Munich).

Sara Bernasconi defended her PhD in history in July 2017 at the University of Zurich with a dissertation about Habsburg's Midwives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She studied History and Slavic Linguistics at the Universities in Zurich, Basel, and Zagreb.

Reviews

"Obwohl öffentliche Gesundheitsfürsorge einen wesentlichen Bestandteil des nation building im Prozess der Modernisierung, Nationalisierung und Institutionalisierung von Staaten darstellt, beschränkte sich die historische Forschung bisher vornehmlich auf den anglo-amerikanischen und westeuropäischen Teil der Welt. Wie in vielen anderen Bereichen auch wurden ostmittel- und südosteuropäische Staaten, ohnehin mit dem Stigma der Rückständigkeit belegt, kaum in die Analysen einbezogen. Die Herausgeberinnen des vorliegenden Bandes halten sich indessen nicht lange mit Klagen über diese Schieflage auf, sondern formulieren die weitreichende Hypothese: 'with our focus on public health, we argue that the paths to twentieth-century modern and late modern statehoods were, in fact, not so different between the East' and the West' of Europe.' Die methodische und thematische Vielfalt, die nicht mit Beliebigkeit verwechselt werden darf, macht diesen Sammelband zu einer sehr empfehlenswerten Lektüre. Denn er resümiert nicht nur den Forschungsstand, sondern bietet sorgsam herausgearbeitete Antworten und darüber hinaus mannigfaltige Anknüpfungspunkte für zukünftige innovative Forschungen, die die komparativen und Transferhistorischen Potentiale der vorgestellten Ansätze noch weiter ausschöpfen."—Bohemia

"La colección de doce trabajos reunidos por Karge, Kind-Kovács y Bernasconi en torno a la sanidad de los siglos XIX y XX en el sureste de Europa se presenta muy correctamente, encabezada por una introducción, firmada por los editores, a la que siguen doce capítulos separados en tres apartados por orden cronológico, una bibliografía reunida, lista de autores e índice de materias. La impresión es elegante, los márgenes cómodos y el texto se puede seguir bien. El libro se lee con agrado, los casos son interesantes y variados temáticamente y están bien abordados, aunque hay lógicas diferencias en una autoría tan amplia. Por destacar alguno, me inclino por el especialmente ingenioso capítulo sobre las matronas, firmado por una de las editoras, Sara Bernasconi, que es una muestra excelente del llamado material turn en la historiografía de la ciencia."—Dynamis

Endorsements

"This collection of in-depth studies on public health concepts and practices across the changing political climate of Eastern Europe's 20th century provides a rich and sophisticated representation of the latest work in the field. The volume is evenly balanced in its assessment of imperial, interwar, postwar(s), socialist, and post-socialist practices. The brilliance of it presentation lies in its surprising and sometimes jarring juxtaposition of Western versus East European, imperial versus successor state practices and ideals, demonstrating continuities across political boundaries and long spans of time."—Keely Stauter-Halsted
Central European University Press
CEU Press Studies in the History of Medicine

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