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Governing Systems Modernity and the Making of Public Health in England, 1830? 1910 by Tom Crook

Governing Systems Modernity and the Making of Public Health in England, 1830? 1910

Part of the Berkeley Series in British Studies Series


Governing Systems Modernity and the Making of Public Health in England, 1830? 1910 by Tom Crook

When and how did public health become modern? In Governing Systems, Tom Crook offers a fresh answer to this question through an examination of Victorian and Edwardian England, long considered one of the critical birthplaces of modern public health. This birth, Crook argues, should be located not in the rise of professional expertise or a centralized bureacratic state, but in the contested formation and functioning of multiple systems, both human and material, administrative and technological. Theoretically ambitious but empirically grounded, Governing Systems will be of interest to historians of modern public health and modern Britain, as well as to anyone interested in the complex gestation of the governmental dimensions of modernity.


Crook presents a sophisticated new interpretation of the English route to modernity... this is a very stimulating book that takes a series of traditional urban history debates and casts them in a very different light, both renaming and re-thinking many of the old problems. * Social History of Medicine * This book should inspire a good debate in the urban history and the public health subfield over Crook's argument for a revolutionary discourse of systems. * American Historical Review * Crook has done much... [his] fine book gives me hope that historians will come back to (or, more properly, discover for the first time) a kind of research immensely important to the understanding of the present and the recent past, and long neglected. * Reviews in History * The value of the book lies in its impressive command of detail. * Journal of Modern History *

About the Author

Tom Crook is Lecturer in Modern British History at Oxford Brookes University.

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Publication date

29th July 2016


Tom Crook

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University of California Press


408 pages


Public health & preventive medicine
History of medicine



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