The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. ... More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351.
The total number of deaths worldwide [from Black Death] is estimated at 75 million people,
What's the John Dory here? I know more about the bubonic plague than I do the Spanish flu epidemic. It's almost forgotten - from where I stand at least. The only time I hear about it is in glib, once-sentence factoids: "Do you know it killed more peeps than WWI?"
I can't get my head around that. Why hasn't every 2nd person I meet got some story about their grandparent's family tragically losing siblings et al?
"The important and almost incomprehensible fact about the Spanish flu is that it killed millions upon millions of people in a year or less. Nothing else - no infection, war, no famine - has ever killed so many in as short a period. And yet it has never inspired awe, not in 1918 and not since, not among the citizens of any particular land and not among the citizens of the United States."
They ran out of coffins. People did not want to talk about the epidemic later.
"...the most compelling of [Charles Mann's] eye-opening [Hey!] revisionist stories are among the best-founded: the stories of early American-European contact. To many of those who were there, the earliest encounters felt more like a meeting of equals than one of natural domination. And those who came later and found an emptied landscape that seemed ripe for the taking, Mann argues convincingly, encountered not the natural and unchanging state of the native American, but the evidence of a sudden calamity: the ravages of what was likely the greatest epidemic in human history, the smallpox and other diseases introduced inadvertently by Europeans to a population without immunity, which swept through the Americas faster than the explorers who brought it, and left behind for their discovery a land that held only a shadow of the thriving cultures that it had sustained for centuries before."*
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