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Curing the Colonizers: Hydrotherapy, Climatology, and French by Eric T. Jennings PDF

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By Eric T. Jennings

“Beware! opposed to the poison that's Africa, there's yet one antidote: Vichy.” So ran a 1924 commercial for considered one of France’s major spas. during the French empire, spas that includes water remedies, frequently mixed with “climatic” remedies, thrived in the course of the 19th century and the 20 th. Water therapies and high-altitude inns have been commonly believed to serve important healing or even prophylactic capabilities opposed to tropical disorder and the tropics themselves. The Ministry of the Colonies released announcements accrediting a bunch of spas regarded as powerful opposed to tropical illnesses starting from malaria to yellow fever; really good guidebooks allotted suggestion at the top spas for “colonial ills.” directors have been granted typical furloughs to “take the waters” again domestic in France. within the colonies, spas assuaged homesickness by way of growing oases of France in another country. Colonizers frequented spas to keep up their power, look after their French id, and domesticate their distinction from the colonized.

Combining the histories of empire, rest, tourism, tradition, and drugs, Eric T. Jennings sheds new gentle at the workings of empire through analyzing the reason and perform of French colonial hydrotherapy among 1830 and 1962. He strains colonial acclimatization concept and the improvement of a “science” of hydrotherapy acceptable to colonial areas, and he chronicles and compares the histories of spas in numerous French colonies—Guadeloupe, Madagascar, Tunisia, and Réunion—and in France itself. all through Curing the Colonizers, Jennings illuminates the connection among indigenous and French colonial healing wisdom in addition to the last word failure of the spas to make colonialism bodily or morally secure for the French.

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