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A history of the great influenza pandemics : death, panic, and hysteria, 1830-1920

Author: Mark Honigsbaum
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2014.
Series: International library of cultural studies, 30.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Influenza was the great killer of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the so called 'Russian flu' killed around 1 million people across Europe in 1889-93 -- including the second-in-line to the British throne, the Duke of Clarence. The Spanish flu of 1918, meanwhile, would kill 50 million people -- nearly 3% of the world's population. Here, Mark Honigsbaum outlines the history of influenza in the period, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Honigsbaum
ISBN: 9781780764788 1780764782
OCLC Number: 824183188
Description: ix, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "The sphinx of epidemic diseases' --
Pre-modern influenza --
'An epidemic started by telegraph': news, sensation and science --
'An inexpressible dread': influenza, nervousness and psychosis --
Demons and disembodied spirits: influenza, masculinity and gothic production at the fin-de-siècle --
'Death is very busy just now': influenza, celebrity and suffering --
'A sense of dread is very general': the first world war, the Spanish flu and the northcliffe press --
The 'forgotten' pandemic: flu, trauma and modern memory --
Apocalypse redux.
Series Title: International library of cultural studies, 30.
Responsibility: by Mark Honigsbaum.

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A History of the Great Influenza Pandemics is a vital new contribution towards our understanding of European history and the history of the media.  Read more...

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Mark Honigsbaum's new book is ambitious: he seeks to compare and contrast a series of influenza epidemics over more than a century, while also exploring the disease through the history of medicine, Read more...

 
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