Malaria, one of the oldest diseases in human history, has attracted the interest of many medical historians. However, malaria in East Asia, where in some places it is still endemic, has not received the attention from scholars that it deserves. Ka-che Yip makes an ambitious attempt to write about the history of malaria in modern East Asia with the help of specialists who have been working on this topic for more than a decade. The cases they analyze in Disease, Colonialism, and the State: Malaria in Modern East Asian History come from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Okinawa, and mainland China.

This book's main focus is on the modern state, including colonial administration. The most important economic resources during the development of industrialization were human beings, who, without proper measures, would easily fall victim to contagious diseases like malaria. Regardless of colonial or independent status,...

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