The role of pandemics and socio-political and economic change in history

Mohsen Shahmanesh

This is a transcript of a talk given in a webinar organised by the journal Critique in October 2021 entitled “Pandemics in junctures of historic change” بیماری‌های عالم‌گیر در برهه‌های دگرگونی تاریخی. The author briefly reviews five pandemics through history: the plague pandemics at the beginning and end of the Middle Ages; the H1N1 influenza pandemic at the end of World War I; the HIV pandemic at the end of the 20th Century; and the current Covid-19 pandemic to argue that infectious pandemics appear on the back of major historic changes and in turn deepen these changes and give them direction.

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