""Death of the King": Smallpox Vaccination and Diplomacy in Nepal in 1816" Masterclass

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 9.30AM to 11:15am

Speaker: Dr. Susan Heydon (School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand)

In November 1816 the King of Nepal died from smallpox during an epidemic. Following defeat in the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814-16) the government of Nepal was obliged to agree to the presence of a permanent British representative. This was unpopular. While the king’s death is widely known, it is not mentioned in any account that in the months leading up to the young king’s death the recently established British Residency staff obtained a vaccine from India and offered vaccination to the government and people of Nepal – a move that was also a diplomatic strategy towards establishing better relations between Nepal and British India. The events and wider context in 1816 tell us not only about the early nineteenth century but remained relevant 150 years later during the global smallpox eradication programme.

Directions for the Berrick Saul Building are available via http://www.york.ac.uk/hrc/about/maps/ 

Location: BS008, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free but with limited spaces. Please email to confirm your attendance.

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