Member Book, Tumbe, The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920

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I am happy to convey the publication of my book, The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they Shaped India and the World, which covers the cholera, plague and influenza pandemics that claimed over 70 million lives.

  • Hardback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins, Released in December 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9353579457

Tumbe, Chinmay. The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they Shaped India and the World (Harper Collins, 2020)

The Age of Pandemics chronicles the many facets of the cholera, plague and influenza pandemics, which claimed over 70 million lives between 1817 and 1920, with India being the epicentre in all these episodes.

The book argues that the period between the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth century - an age otherwise known for the worldwide spread of the industrial revolution, imperialism and globalization - was also the 'age of pandemics'. It documents the scale of devastation, the likely causes and consequences, and the resilience with which people faced those pandemics.

The book also provides the first comprehensive coverage of the world's greatest demographic disaster ever to descend upon a country in a short period of time - the influenza pandemic in India in 1918, which claimed more lives than all the battle casualties of World War I. And it shows the continuing relevance of learning from those times to tackle contemporary challenges, such as COVID-19.

Table of Contents:

1. Pandemics of the Past 3

2. Cholera 23

3. Plague 71

4. Influenza 131 

5. Covid-19 in the Rear-View Mirror 184

Author's Note  207

Select Bibliography 211

Notes 213

Index 257