A Video Timeline/Playlist of Diseases and Pandemics in History

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A Brief History

As I write this article, the world is currently experiencing a global pandemic unlike anything I can ever recall happening in my lifetime and as such, I first want to say that I hope that my students and subscribers are all doing as well as they can be given the current circumstances many are facing around the world.  As an educator, I also think it is important for all of us to be informed about the history of events and issues that still affect us today.  Thus, this article presents some playlists hosted on this site’s YouTube channel that cover diseases and pandemics in history.

Digging Deeper

One playlist is an overview of diseases and pandemics in history that includes videos from not just our YouTube channel but also from other YouTube channels:

Another playlist is a chronological timeline of diseases and pandemics in history with videos from this site’s channel that will be expanded as we make new videos concerning specific events in history:

Question for students (and subscribers): What are you most interested in learning about diseases and pandemics in history?  Please let us know in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Biddiss, Michael and Frederick F. Cartwright.  Disease & History.  Thistle Publishing, 2014.

Muan, John.  PANDEMIC HISTORY: The Worst Pandemics That Changed History.  2020.

Oldstone, Michael B. A.  Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present, and Future.  Tantor Audio, 2018.

The featured image in this article, a photograph of a family and their cat during the Spanish Flu, 1918, is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or fewer.


About Author

Dr. Zar

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.