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Abolitionism Declawed book
After the decade of controversy from 1888 to 1897, the frenzied parliamentary attention to colonial VD began to slow. Though antiregulationists revived the question regularly, keeping up a steady stream of pamphleteering and campaigning, the issue diminished in importance. The early years of the twentieth century saw a flurry of bio-medical breakthroughs affecting treatment and diagnosis of STDs, as well as a new wave of public and political anxiety over syphilis, but attention shifted largely to the domestic arena. It was the impact of a diseased or weakened British population on maintaining the empire that now moved to center stage. The grip of eugenics, growing state intervention in individual and family affairs, and demographic changes wrought by urbanization kept the dangers, especially of syphilis, in the limelight. But while the language of public anxiety was ever more alarmist, the colonies were increasingly occluded in these debates, functioning as a backdrop for nationalist sentiment and the resurgence of race talk, but uninteresting domestically in all but this respect. The result of this refiguring produced new policies in colonial settings, though they were frequently ignored in the metropolis.