Pandemic Re-Awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten 'Spanish' Flu Of 1918-1919

Guy Beiner (Editor)

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Pandemic Re-Awakenings offers a multi-level and multi-faceted exploration of a century of remembering, forgetting and rediscovering the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 (arguably the greatest catastrophe in human history). Twenty-three researchers present original perspectives by critically investigating the hitherto unexplored vicissitudes of memory in the interrelated spheres of personal, communal, medical and cultural histories in different national and transnational settings across the globe. The volume reveals how, even though the Great Flu was overshadowed by the commemorative culture of the Great War, recollections of the pandemic persisted over time to re-emerge towards the centenary of the ‘Spanish’ Flu and burst into public consciousness following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapters chart historiographical neglect (while acknowledging the often unnoticed dialogues between scientific and historical discourses), probe silences and trace vestiges of social and cultural memories that long remained outside of what was considered collective memory.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages432
ISBN (Electronic)9780191926341
ISBN (Print)9780192843739
StatePublished - 30 Dec 2021


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