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The flu pandemic of 1918 can teach us to remember our dead | Torsten Bell

A quarter of a million Britons died from Spanish influenza, but not a single memorial exists to them

Why is the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 not more prominent in our history and almost absent from our literature? It’s a staggering absence, given that almost 250,000 people died here.

Interesting new research gives us an important part of the answer, by examining how those deaths were thought about at the time. Not a lot, is the sobering main takeaway, with a surprising lack of public or political focus on the deaths, even accounting for them coming after the bloodbath of the First World War.

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