publication . Article . Other literature type . 2021

Teaching about dying and death: the 1918 Flu epidemic in South Africa

Rob Siebörger; Barry Firth;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Mar 2021
  • Publisher: The South African Society forHistory Teaching (SASHT) under the patronage of the North-West University
  • Country: South Africa
It seems obvious that while others around us are concerned with trying to understand the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which it has disrupted so much of our lives and professional work, history educators should be concerned rather to look back, to study previous epidemics for the light that they can shed on today. The 1918 ‘Spanish’ flu is a logical starting place. But it presents two obstacles: first, that there is so little that is truly comparable to the 2020 experience and, secondly, that the material of 1918 in South Africa is potentially so difficult to use in the classroom. How does one, for instance, teach about the number of cases wher...
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