Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19

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Oxford University Press, 22 mei 2018 - 272 pagina's
The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and politics. Stilling cities and towns as it passed through, it closed schools, courts and libraries, quelled trade, crammed hospitals, and stretched medical doctors to their limit as they treated hundreds of patients each day. It became part of a major row between nationalists and the Government over interned anti-conscription campaigners. When one campaigner died days before the 1918 general election, Sinn fein swiftly incorporated his death into their campaign. Survivors interviewed by the author tell what it was like to suffer from this influenza; families of the bereaved speak of the change to their lives. Stacking the coffins is the first Irish history of the disease to include statistics to analyse which groups were most affected. It also draws on the memories of child sufferers telling their stories.
 

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A mysterious malady or a perfect storm?
1
a news perspective
18
Counting the ill and the dead
55
Managing the crisis
85
medical puzzle politics and search for cures
115
coping with crises
142
eye witnesses
164
Influenza as a political tool
197
the long aftermath
225
Select bibliography
241
Index
256
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Ida Milne is an Irish social historian whose principal research interests lie in the effects of disease on twentieth century Ireland

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