Historical Social Research 33 (2021)

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Historical Social Research 33 (2021)
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Epidemics and Pandemics

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR)
GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften Journal Historical Social Research Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8 50667 Köln
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HSR Supplement 33 (2021) - Epidemics and Pandemics – the Historical Perspective (ed. Jörg Vögele, Luisa Rittershaus & Katharina Schuler)

Epidemics and pandemics have always accompanied mankind and have had lasting effects on the development of societies far beyond their demographic and epidemiologic impact. They acted as catalysts for already existing developments and functioned as a stress test for the collective. In this way, societies can be analyzed under epidemic crisis conditions as if under a magnifying glass and recurring patterns can be identified. In this sense, the study and analysis of past epidemics and pandemics might not only be of interest for a historical specialist audience, but also contribute to our understanding of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This HSR Supplement presents interdisciplinary contributions by an international field of scholars. Focusing on various epidemics and pandemics in history and using a broad range of methodological approaches, these contributions give insight into the various dimensions of epidemics and pandemics, ranging from aspects of social inequalities, politics, scientific discourse, general behavior, and even their impact on art. The epidemiologic impact of epidemics – including the case-specific mortality of COVID-19 – within the general epidemiologic development is discussed, as well as public health strategies or the effect of vaccination campaigns, and of course the role of their opponents.

COVID-19 and other infectious diseases are threatening our health. The world economy, global mobility, and mass tourism quickly turn these health risks into global risks. For the successful control of future pandemics, it might therefore be necessary not only to monitor them by global institutions such as the World Health Organization, but also to develop common strategies to combat disease successfully. For, as the historical perspective clearly reveals: After the epidemic, as at all times, is also before the epidemic!



Jörg Vögele, Luisa Rittershaus & Katharina Schuler
Epidemics and Pandemics – the Historical Perspective. Introduction.

Grażyna Liczbińska
Spatial and Social Inequalities in the Face of Death. Pilot Research on Cholera Epidemics in Poznań of the Second Half of the 19th Century.

Evelien Walhout & Eric Beekink
Just Another Crisis? Individual’s Experiences and the Role of the Local Government and Church During the 1866 Cholera Epidemic in a Small Dutch Town.

Kristina Puljizević
Managing the Epidemics in 19th Century Dalmatia: From Fatherly Monarch to Scientific Grounds.

Julia Nebe, Enno Schwanke & Dominik Groß
The Influence of Epidemics on the Concept of the Bogeyman: Images, Ideological Origins, and Interdependencies of the Anti-Vaccination Movement; The Example of the Political Agitator Paul Arthur Förster (1844–1925).

Hannah Fuchs & Karl-Heinz Leven
AIDS & Haiti – Discourses on Origin, Stigma, and Blame.

Iris Borowy
Perspectives on the COVID-19 Vaccine: The Incredible Success versus the Incredible Failure.

Bartosz Ogórek
Quantifying Spanish Flu Mortality in the Cities of the Second Polish Republic. A Look at the Municipal Statistics.

Martin Gorsky, Bernard Harris, Patricia Marsh & Ida Milne
The 1918/19 Influenza Pandemic & COVID-19 in Ireland and the UK.

Wilfried Witte
Influenza Vaccination and Vaccine Policies in Germany, ca. 1930–1960.

Isabelle Devos et al.
The Spanish Flu in Belgium, 1918–1919. A State of the Art.

Wataru Iijima
Jishuku as a Japanese way for anti-COVID-19. Some Basic Reflections.

Patrice Bourdelais
The COVID-19 Pandemic in Historical Perspective.

Nadine Metzger
Poisoning, Ergotism, Mass Psychosis. Writing a History of Ancient Epidemics Beyond Infectious Diseases.

Luisa Rittershaus & Kathrin Eschenberg
Black Death, Plagues, and the Danse Macabre. Depictions of Epidemics in Art.

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