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Eileen van der Burgh

PhD candidate

E. van der Burgh MA
+31 71 527 1745

Eileen van der Burgh is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History.

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Fields of interest

  • Maritime History
  • Medical History
  • Global History


Shipping and quarantine in Europe and overseas territories, 1813-1939

Quarantine has been part of the maritime world since the early modern period. Ships sailing around the world were seen as potential health hazards due to the fact diseases were often present on board. During the 19th century the growth of world trade caused a further increase of flows of goods and people. Quarantine measures would be imposed upon incoming ships as they had to be at anchor for forty days. Merchants were not too thrilled when these types of measures were imposed, because this resulted in delays and extra costs. Governments had to constantly weigh the health benefits of quarantine measures against commercial and imperial interests.

This project investigates the relationship between the maritime practice and the development of international quarantine regulations. The role of the Dutch shipping industry in this process will be one of the main themes within this project. Quarantine practices overseas, for example in the Dutch East Indies, Suriname, and the Dutch Caribbean, will also be investigated. Combining both a maritime historical perspective and a medical historical outlook this project will shed light on past quarantine practices in Europe and overseas territories.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Nederlandse geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.09B



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