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Open Secrets: Silence, Suppression, and Memory in the History of Canada’s 1918–20 Influenza Pandemic (2022)


For several decades, the 1918–20 global influenza outbreak has been called “the forgotten pandemic.” Although recent scholarly and public interest in the pandemic has complicated the narrative of forgetting, the label has stuck. Highlighting historical evidence of influenza’s long-term impact upon survivors, family, and community in Canada, the flu stories presented here, diverse in form and content, verify that a key question in pandemic influenza history is not whether the pandemic was forgotten or remembered, but by whom, and in what ways, it has been suppressed – or foregrounded. By moving beyond the classic epidemic plot line, with beginning, middle, and end, historians can find new methodologies and evidence with which to more fully understand the influenza pandemic’s unfolding intersection with colonialism, war, social inequality, and labour struggles in the 20th century.

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Authors & Contributors
Afkhami, Amir Arsalan
Almeida, Maria Antónia Pires de
Beiner, Guy
Bristow, Nancy K.
Caduff, Carlo
Dimka, Jessica
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Global History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Oxford University Press
HarperCollins Publishers
I. B. Tauris
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of California Press
University of Toronto Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Disease and diseases
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
16th century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Ottoman Empire

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