Epidemics like the coronavirus outbreak are a mirror for humanity, reflecting the moral relationships that people have toward one other, the historian Frank M. Snowden says.
This is a remarkable history book. And timely. 'Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present' by Frank M Snowden. Thanks to . And a hat tip to .
The historian Frank M. Snowden discusses the politics of restricting travel during epidemics, how inhumane responses to sickness have upended governments, and how artists have reacted to disease outbreaks.
“The main part of preparedness is that we need as human beings to realize we’re all in this together, that what affects one person anywhere affects everyone everywhere, that we are therefore inevitably part of a species, and we need to think in that way.”
“every society produces its own specific vulnerabilities. To study them is to understand that society’s structure, its standard of living, and its political priorities.” via
Sociologists. “Diseases do not afflict societies in random and chaotic ways. They’re ordered events, because microbes selectively expand and diffuse themselves to explore ecological niches that human beings have created. Those niches ... show who we are..”
How Pandemics Change History | The New Yorker
"Epidemic diseases are not random events that afflict societies capriciously and without warning...To study them is to understand [a] society’s structure, its standard of living, and its political priorities.”
How Pandemics Change History Frank M. Snowden examines the ways in which disease outbreaks have shaped politics, crushed revolutions, and entrenched racial and economic discrimination.
How Pandemics Change History
How Pandemics Change History | The New Yorker
New Q&A: I spoke with the scholar Frank Snowden about his amazing new book on how pandemics have changed human history, how artists have reacted to mass death, and what governments have and haven’t learned over the past several centuries.
New Interview: I spoke with the historian Frank Snowden about his amazing new book on pandemics and how they have changed world history, as well as how artists have dealt with mass death.
How Pandemics Change History. “Every society produces its own specific vulnerabilities. To study them is to understand that society’s structure, its standard of living, and its political priorities” — Q&A with Frank M. Snowden
"We have to think that we have to work together as a human species to be organized to care for one another, to realize that the health of the most vulnerable people among us is a determining factor for the health of all of us." via
„we have to work together to care for one another, to realize that the health of the most vulnerable people among us is a determining factor for the health of all of us, and, if we aren’t prepared to do that, we’ll never, ever be prepared“ #COVID19
I already recommended this book - doing so again: How Pandemics Change History #COVID19
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“Epidemics are a category of disease that seem to hold up the mirror to human beings as to who we really are.”
How Pandemics Change History //Fascinating interview with historian Frank Snowden (Yale) via
How Pandemics Change History
How Pandemics Change History: In his new book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present,” Frank M. Snowden, a professor emeritus of history and the history of medicine at Yale, examines disease outbreaks and history via