Disease, conflict and nursing in the British Empire, 1880–1914
the perception of danger. As plague spread, municipal leaders in Hong
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 massemigration 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