Taking a Page from History
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In conversation with Yale University professor Frank Snowden, Mister Manners explores the fascinating details of past epidemics and how various societies handled them. Particularly during the Bubonic plague of the Middle Ages and the Spanish flu of the early 20th century, how did our culture change following each pandemic? Using the past as a guide, what lasting cultural differences can we anticipate after the scourge of COVID-19 begins to abate?

Dr. Snowden, author of the brand-new book "Epidemics and Society: From the Black Plague to the Present," provides these insights and more as we continue our journey to discover What Manners Most during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Thanks, as always, to producer Martin Burgess. Follow Martin @MartinXBurgess on Instagram.

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Frank Snowden, Ph.D

Book: Epidemics and Society: From the Black Plague to the Present

Mentioned in the Episode:

A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe:

Charles Boromeo

Yale University


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