Global Explanations Versus Local Interpretations: The Historiography of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Africa

  title={Global Explanations Versus Local Interpretations: The Historiography of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Africa},
  author={Matthew M. Heaton and T{\'o}y{\`i}n F{\'a}lol{\'a}},
  journal={History in Africa},
  pages={205 - 230}
In 1918 an influenza pandemic of unprecedented virulence spread across the planet, infiltrating nearly all areas of human habitation. In less than a year the pandemic had run its course, ultimately responsible for some-where between 30,000,000 and 50,000,000 deaths worldwide. Truly, this was one of the greatest catastrophes in human history. However, despite the fact that the influenza pandemic has few historical rivals in terms of sheer loss of human life, it has not entered the meta-narrative… 
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