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Claire Beaudevin, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Christoph Gradmann, Anne M. Lovell, and Laurent Pordié

discussed previous waves of health globalization with various ideas about their dynamics and periodization. If the circulation of people, germs and remedies is taken as the main feature, global stories of health often start with the Early Modern period and the colonization of the Americas. In contrast, when considering the existence of institutions, programmes and tools to intervene on the health of others, then the late nineteenth century and the climax of European colonization come to the fore. Rather than focusing on the legacies of these early phases, this volume

in Global health and the new world order
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Finn Stepputat

reserves the notion of sovereignty for pre- or early-modern forms of power, he is interested in how the seemingly contradictory powers of life and 18 Finn Stepputat death are related in modern societies where ‘thanato-politics’ – or necropolitics – continues to mark dynamics of political communities (Foucault 1978). Thus, modern techniques of government made possible much more exhaustive, ambitious and effective forms of sovereignty, culminating in systematic exterminations of population in modern states as well as their colonies. This was particularly evident in the

in Governing the dead