Lecture 3. Global Mobility & Urban Response: Pandemics in the Modern Era (1770 – 1920)

This lecture discusses pandemics in the context of rapid modernization and industrialization in an interconnected globe, and the beginning of modern epidemiology. John Snow, Joseph Bazalgette & Edwin Chadwick improved the urban sanitation of London in the mid 19th century during the “Great Stink.” Florence Nightingale as the founder of modern nursing fundamentally changed care practices. Cholera and the Spanish flu mirrored expanding global networks, yet revealed distinctly different regional responses. While sharing of response tactics shows global cooperation, pandemics can also inflame existing global tensions.

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