The Spanish Flu Epidemic and its Influence on History (Hardback)
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On the second Monday of March 1918, the world changed forever. What seemed like a harmless cold morphed into a global pandemic that would wipe out as many as a hundred-million people – ten times as many as the Great War. German troops faltered lending the allies the winning advantage, India turned its sights to independence while South Africa turned to God. In Western Samoa a quarter of the population died; in some parts of Alaska, whole villages were wiped out. Civil unrest sparked by influenza shaped nations and heralded a new era of public health where people were no longer blamed for contracting disease. Using real case histories, we take a journey through the world in 1918, and look at the impact of Spanish flu on populations from America, to France, to the Arctic, and the scientific legacy this deadly virus has left behind.
Here's one for those of you worrying about the coronavirus. This is an excellent little book about the Spanish Flu Epidemic after World War One, a subject I hadn’t really visited since the days of university. The book looks at various different ‘causes’ or reasons for the epidemic because at the end of the day, nobody really knows anyone major reason for why it happened. But it is likely to be a number of reasons, some of which are explained in this book by Jamie Breitnauer. The book looks at the effects of WWI, the large scale movement of soldiers around the world, the trade between varying nations, and immunity etc. The book is very well written and the points of argument are excellent. The author has written well in the various points and allows the reader to come up with their own opinions. The book also has excellent notes, and bibliography at the back to enable further reading. An excellent book very well written.UK Historian
The Spanish Flu was a devastating epidemic that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all across the world. With so many people falling ill at the same time in different countries, it's impossible to know where this sickness started. In the midst of WWI, the countries at war couldn't admit they were affected, or risk appearing weak to their enemies.Lillian Bailey
With personal stories that tug at your heartstrings, the author paints a picture of a world, already ravaged by war, taken down by a mysterious virus affecting soldiers and civilians and making the war even harder to fight. This book is a must for anyone studying the First World War, or the spread of sicknesses, or anything related.
I remember reading that more people died as a result of contracting Spanish 'flu than died in the Great War. Jaime Breitnauer puts the whole thing into perspective with a fascinating account of the origin and extent of the outbreak, at a time when people were returning from the conflict expecting a brave new world and instead confronting one of the deadliest epidemics ever to hit mankind.Books Monthly
This volume is well-written and intentioned... this volume may be of interest to Sociologists and Historians of various persuasions. Readers with an interest in unusual ‘Medical’ events might also find it of interest, as might those with an interest in their national histories and the impact that the ‘Flu had on their countries.Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines
A book that deserves to be read for its powerful emotional charge, especially in a world like ours, even "smaller" (and therefore more open to the dangers of contagion) than that of our 1919 predecessors'.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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Reviewing this book as the Coronavirus is making its way around the world is a sobering exercise. Timing being everything in life, it is a book that needs to be read to really understand the modern context of such outbreaks. In most respects the modern outbreaks share with the Spanish flu the relatively easy transmission through travel. The world in 1918 was one mighty supply chain servicing the Great War for Civilisation and consequently influenza found its way to all corners through that route. Today we see lessons learnt; flights suspended, cities in lock down and much concentration on finding a form of medication to fight it. The latter was not available in 1918 but the advance in science may find it. This book uses examples of survivors and the succumbed to explain how the 1918 pandemic grew, developed, infected and killed arguably 100 million people. A shocking insight into Spanish Flu but a very good read.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide