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Item“Carry on”: state censorship and denial of Spanish influenza In Great Britain (1918-19)(2021) Beltranena, Daniel; Forth, AidanFrom 1918-20, Spanish Influenza created a mass world pandemic during the end of World War I and its immediate aftermath. Looking at Great Britain as an example of the period, it is argued that the virus has often been forgotten as a result of press censorship and state denial in a time when countries could not afford to look weak. Item“Carry on”: state censorship and denial of Spanish influenza In Great Britain (1918-19)(2021) Beltranena, Daniel; Forth, AidanFrom 1918-20, Spanish Influenza created a mass world pandemic during the end of World War I and its immediate aftermath. Looking at Great Britain as an example of the period, it is argued that the virus has often been forgotten as a result of press censorship and state denial in a time when countries could not afford to look weak. ItemEfforts, past and present, to stop the spread of a disease: a comparison of cholera and COVID-19(2021) Danyleyko, Andrew; Forth, AidanBefore scientific understanding was fully realized, the common belief about the causes of sickness were misunderstood and were often attributed to supernatural forces. Thanks to the efforts of doctors in London during the cholera outbreak in 1854, people now have a better understanding of what causes diseases, how they spread, and how that information can be used to save lives. This paper will show how Dr. Jon Snow’s contributions to epidemiology are just as relevant today regarding COVID-19 as they were when they were first proposed in 1854 for cholera. ItemInfodemics during plague and pandemic: a comparison study of misinformation during the Black Death of 1665 and COVID-19(2021) Madsen, Isabelle; Forth, AidanStarting in 1665 and ending in 1666, London had an episode of the Bubonic plague that left 100,000 Londoners dead. The 1665 Black Death was not the first time England faced a mass outbreak, but it proved to be a swiftly spreading disease that was running rampant in a city that was also rife with misinformation, suspicion, and faulty cures that only increased the death count. Many factors contributed to people’s willingness to embrace false and hokey remedies; plagues carry a history of conspiracy, and with every outbreak, more theories come into being. The accompanying surge of fraudulent cures only served to increase the panic Londoners felt. A similar situation has become prevalent in the current COVID-19 outbreak; the internet and social media have allowed for the mass consumption of misinformation that negatively affects public health and safety. ItemTrusting science in the face of disease: COVID-19 and 19th century cholera(2021) Miller, Hailey; Forth, AidanThis essay highlights the similarities between the cholera pandemic in 19th century Britain, and the COVID pandemic that we are currently facing. It mostly covers the changing practices in science and how the cholera pandemic can be used as a case study to help with the modern reactions towards COVID-19. ItemWallace K. Ferguson Prize Forum author’s response: barbed-wire imperialism: some Canadian connections and contemporary considerations(2021) Forth, AidanThis article reassesses the argument of Barbed-Wire Imperialism for a contemporary Canadian readership. The concentration and segregation of indigenous communities on demarcated reserves in western Canada exhibited many of the same dynamics as British concentration camps erected in the context of colonial famines, pandemics, and guerilla warfare. As Canada encounters its own colonial past in cities like Kitchener (named after the infamous British General who detained African civilians in dirty and disease-ridden wartime camps), the colonial mantra to concentrate and control also finds resonance in Canada’s “racialized state” and in the burgeoning prisons, migrant labour facilities, and refugee camps of contemporary North America.