Fatalism and an absence of public grief: how British society dealt with the 1918 flu

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    Blog post by Martin Bayly. "....The ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic killed an estimated 228,000 in the UK, making 1918 the first year on record in which deaths exceeded births. (‘Spanish Flu’ was a misnomer. Spain’s neutrality within the war meant that its press was not subject to the same reporting restrictions and were among the first to report influenza cases, giving the impression it originated there.) In the US, an estimated death toll of 675,000 reduced the national life expectancy by 12 years. Elsewhere, the mortality rate was staggering.....Globally more than one quarter of the world’s population contracted the virus. The origins of the 1918 pandemic are contested, but one important vector was undoubtedly the movement of troops towards the latter stages of the First World War....."
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    London School of Economics
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    Link: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/public-memory-1918-flu/
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