TBR History Hour, April 3, 2020 – The History of Pandemics 430 BC to the Present

TBR History Hour with Dr. Ed DeVries


History of pandemicsDr. Ed talks about pandemics throughout history and the effects that they had on history.

The first recorded pandemic was in 430 B.C., spreading from Athens around the world during the Peloponnesian War killing as much as two-thirds of the population. Also discussed are the 165 A.D. Antonine Plague, 250 A.D. Cyprian Plague, 541 A.D. Justinian Plague, 11th century leprosy pandemics, the Black Death, the pandemics brought to the new world in 1492, 1665’s Great Plague of London, the seven waves of 19th century cholera pandemics, and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that took more lives than did WWI.

Also discussed are the measures taken to combat the Corona Virus such as “social distancing,” closing of schools and businesses, closing of entertainment venues, stay at home orders, and quarantine, and how they all have their origins in Middle-Ages Europe.


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