Institute for Mediterranean Studies

GeSuLaQ

Geography of Surveillance. Lazarettos and Quarantine Services in the Greek State, 1821-1923

The aim of the research program is to record the lazarettos and the quarantine services that operated in the Greek state from the declaration of the Greek Revolution in 1821 to 1923, when its borders were finalized after a decade of wars (1912-1922). The research will focus on lazarettos, quarantine services and health stations which were established and operated by the central administration, as well as on those constructed by municipalities, mainly islanders, in an effort to protect their population on one hand and their economics operations on the other hand.

The declaration of the Greek Revolution (1821) led to the establishment of makeshift hospitals and rudimentary lazarettos, mainly municipal ones, in order to limit the transmission of epidemics that affected various areas of the Greek state. After the finalization of the borders of the independent Greek state (1832), lazarettos and quarantine services were established, mainly in important port-cities as well as in cities that reside on the border with the Ottoman Empire. Greece's successive territorial expansions and annexations were constantly changing the network of lazarettos and quarantine services. The aim of the research program is to record the lazarettos and the quarantine services that operated in the Greek state from the declaration of the Greek Revolution in 1821 to 1923, when its borders were finalized after a decade of wars (1912-1922). The research will focus on lazarettos, quarantine services and health stations which were established and operated by the central administration, as well as on those constructed by municipalities, mainly islanders, in an effort to protect their population on one hand and their economics operations on the other hand. The research combines the two dominant approaches of health history in Greek historiography: biomedical and social dimension. The research aims not only at the study of lazarettos as medical-health institutions, but will also highlight the social, economic, political, cultural, environmental and psychological factors that have influenced and accompanied their operation.

Scientific Responsible: Leda Papastefanaki

Collaborator researchers
Yannis Gonatidis (Phd student in History, Department of History-Archaeology, University of Crete)
Maria Pappa (Phd student in History, Department of History-Archaeology, University of Ioannina)

Operational Programme “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020”

Image: John Howard, An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe, with various papers relative to the Plague, Warrington 1789.

Project Team

Leda Papastefanaki

Associate Professor of Greek Economic and Social History (19th-20th c.)
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Curriculum vitae

Maria Pappa

Ph.D. candidate in Modern History
University of Ioannina