Shutt Up: Bubonic Plague and Quarantine in Early Modern England

  title={Shutt Up: Bubonic Plague and Quarantine in Early Modern England},
  author={Kira L S Newman},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={809 - 834}
  • K. Newman
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Political Science, History
  • Journal of Social History
The outbreak of bubonic plague that struck London and Westminster in 1636 provoked the usual frenzied response to epidemics, including popular flight and government-mandated quarantine. The government asserted that plague control measures were acts of public health for the benefit of all. However, contrary to this government narrative of disease prevention there was a popular account that portrayed quarantine and isolation as personal punishment rather than prudent policy. In examining the 1636… 
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