Pandemics in history: similarity and difference

Primary History article

By Matthew Sossick, published 15th May 2020

I was inspired to put pen to paper to include an article putting Coronavirus in some sort of historical perspective after reading Peter Frankopan’s article in The Times newspaper on 28 March. The article entitled ‘Pandemics are terrifying but they can make the world better’ is written by Peter Frankopan who is a professor of global history at Oxford University. It is important that we are able to engage children with what is happening in the often scary climate around them and use history to put the current crisis into some kind of wider context. There are already anecdotal reports emerging in the media that show that children’s mental health is being affected by the current crisis...

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