HISB41H3 Lecture Notes - 1918 Flu Pandemic

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Period in which the country remains traumatized by wwi. Emotional toll of war tolled heavily on canadians; never experienced large volume of deaths in one war. Very few canadians did not know anyone who died in the war. Desire for things to go back to normal: conservative impulse. Canadian government did poor job of helping surviving soldiers transition back into regular life. In the usa 1920s was a era of economic growth, contrary to canada [troubled. 1926 is when country recovered from post-war recession. Estimated 21 million died worldwide (~50,000 canadians died) department of health created in 1919. Spread by soldiers [tended to be kept in close quarters for long periods of time] Young strong healthy people most severely affected by the flu. Many soldiers who had managed wwi came home only to be killed by influenza. Alerted canadians that there was no national strategy to cope with outbreak.

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