A Plague on Both Houses: Population Movements and the Spread of Disease Across the Ottoman-Russian Black Sea Frontier, 1768-1830s


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies




This dissertation analyzes the migration management and disease control policies introduced in the Balkans and the Black Sea region by the Ottoman and Russian Empires in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The dissertation is organized around a case study of Bulgarian population movements between the Ottoman and Russian Empires. This Bulgarian case study is used to address larger issues in Bulgarian, Russian, and Ottoman historiography, including the formation of a Bulgarian Diaspora in southern Russia and the Danubian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia; Ottoman and Russian migration management and settlement policies; and the construction of borders across the Ottoman-Russian Black Sea frontier.