(Download PDF) Stacking the Coffins

(Download PDF) Stacking the Coffins

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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Genres: British & Irish History, Social & Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Social & Cultural Anthropology, History Of Medicine Books, Coming Soon
Pages: 263 pages
ISBN10: 1526122693
ISBN13: 9781526122698
Tags: British & Irish History, Social & Cultural History, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History Of Medicine Books
Language: en
Physical Form: Book
Size: Huge
Type: Digital
The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and politics. Stilling cities and towns as it passed through, it closed schools, courts and libraries, quelled trade, crammed hospitals, and stretched medical doctors to their limit as they treated hundreds of patients each day. It became part of a major row between nationalists and the Government over interned anti-conscription campaigners. When one campaigner died days before the 1918 general election, Sinn Fein swiftly incorporated his death into their campaign. Survivors interviewed by the author tell what it was like to suffer from this influenza; families of the bereaved speak of the change to their lives. Stacking the coffins is the first Irish history of the disease to include statistics to analyse which groups were most affected. It also draws on the memories of child sufferers telling their stories.


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