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Disease, conflict and nursing in the British Empire, 1880–1914
Angharad Fletcher

than the perception of danger. As plague spread, municipal leaders in Hong 47 Angharad Fletcher Kong fell increasingly under pressure to act decisively. Global scrutiny and the potential introduction of international quarantine rules threatened the colony’s economy, which depended on trade. This and the danger of mass emigration by the colony’s transient labour pool were enough to prompt extensive alterations to municipal systems. Cities like Hong Kong are of significance because, as imperial hubs of trade and transportation networks, they were amongst the first

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