The Great Plagues: Epidemics in History from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

Epidemic diseases have been as important as war in their devastating effects on human society through the ages. This series of lectures looks at them in their relation to society, the economy, culture and ideas, and the state. Almost always their origin and spread are conditioned by human interactions, and the effectiveness of medical intervention still depends heavily on the social and political context. We will be examining the extent to which epidemics have brought about social change, how they have affected politics, and where they have affected, or been affected by, the state. The lectures will consider the cultural impact of epidemics, in art and literature, and in religious belief. We will be looking at the possibilities of future epidemics and the threats disease poses for human society today.

Past Lectures In This Series
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The Black Death

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Great Pox

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 - 6:00PM
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The White Plague

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 - 6:00PM
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Blue Funk and Yellow Peril

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 6:00PM
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'The Great Unwashed'

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - 6:00PM
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Lessons from the Past, Warnings for the Future

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Tuesday, 9 April 2013 - 6:00PM