In this section, you’ll find several short theme papers on various aspects of the Pandemic written by a range of renowned academic experts. These unique themes were created to encourage and inspire registrants in exploring intriguing perspectives in their commemorative Spanish Flu Pandemic projects.
A Pandemics Primer
We have updated our original Spanish Flu 101 article to reflect on the current global pandemic.
Webpage: A pandemics primer: Infectious disease outbreaks, from the Plague to COVID19
How the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic felled nearly as many Canadians as the First World War. (John Lorinc)
Webpage: Read the article, originally published in Canada’s History Magazine, here. (Published here on March 28, 2020)
Excavating the Flu
Webpage: Learn how one would recover a body carrying the Spanish Flu virus from permafrost.
From Bad to Worse
Webpage: A hundred years ago, 1918 finally saw the War come to an end just as a terrifying new enemy – the Flu Pandemic – was taking catastrophic shape.
The Hunt for Microbes
Webpage: Making sense of the Micro-biology.
Location, Location, Location
Webpage: How geography could determine who died in 1918-1920.
The Plague Sweeps Canada
Webpage: Canada experienced the horrors of the Spanish flu through periods of frustration, devastation, and the odd sprinkling of hope.
Webpage: How one Japanese Canadian experienced and survived the Spanish Flu Pandemic in Vancouver.
Regina’s Darkest Days
Webpage: The Spanish Influenza may not have arrived in Regina until October 1918, but the seeds of the epidemic were planted much earlier.
First Peoples Struggling to Survive
Webpage: A story about First Nations, influenza, and the work of the government.
Soldiers Struck Down
Webpage: Whether training on the Homefront or in the trenches, WWI provided the right conditions for the Pandemic among the Canadian Forces.
In the Prime of Life
Webpage: Why did the Spanish Flu kill so many young men and women in full health?
The Last 100 Days
Webpage: To what extent did Influenza influence the fighting for the Canadians at the Front in the last 100 days of the War?
No Room at the Inn
Webpage: The challenges faced by new Canadians to bury their dead in a Winnipeg that objected to their traditions.
Webpage: New Canadians endure life in the Pandemic as enemy aliens on Canada’s Homefront.
Burn Their Names in Bronze
Webpage: In October 1918, about 20 doctors died of the Flu in Québec while caring for the sick. Do you know these fallen heroes?
Pandemics by the Numbers
Webpage: Mathematics can provide some answers to understand how Pandemics spread, but all the rest in uncertain.
Webpage: The Spanish flu in the 1918-1919 hockey season.