Monday, Sep 26, 2022

Epics of epidemics


How Bombay plague resulted in the Epidemic Act and triggered a sense of nationalist resistance

January 12, 2022 2:26 pm

The most far-reaching impact of the plague was upon the political atmosphere of the country. It had also become a pretext for an assault on the rising political consciousness among Indians in the early 20th century.

How smallpox cleared the way for European occupation of the Americas

January 08, 2022 9:11 am

Smallpox, measles, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, typhus, and the venereal diseases were among those that were introduced by the European settlers. For native Americans, these were new and terrifying experiences.

Black Death: How Jews were blamed for the plague and massacred

January 08, 2022 9:01 am

What was a medical phenomenon soon turned into a socio-political one, with many chroniclers struggling to decide if more Jews died due to the plague or the persecutions against them.

Black death: The great plague that killed millions, and feudalism

January 08, 2022 9:04 am

In Europe though, the catastrophic plague eventually played out to be a boon for some -- the serfs who were legally committed to providing labour to landlords in exchange for allowing them to live and work in their lands.

The first plague in history ended the Byzantine empire, was considered an act of God

January 08, 2022 9:05 am

The plague “would mark the end of one world, and the beginning of another. Along the way, it would consume at least 25 million human lives.”