Spanish ’Flu in Scotland: a Lanarkshire case study

McCrossan, K. (2021) Spanish ’Flu in Scotland: a Lanarkshire case study. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 41(1), pp. 65-86. (doi: 10.3366/jshs.2021.0314)

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The purpose of this article is to explore the impact that the 1918 influenza pandemic (otherwise known as the ‘Spanish ‘Flu’) had on the Scottish county of Lanarkshire. Despite being one of the most devastating events in modern history, to date little is known about the experience of the disease in Scotland. Structured in two parts, part one of this article will examine the human impact of the Spanish ’Flu within Lanarkshire, while part two focuses on the official responses to the pandemic from both the medical profession and local civic government. In doing so, this article will demonstrate that the Spanish ’Flu generated a high level of mortality amongst the population of Lanarkshire, placed great strain on medical services, and exposed tensions between local and central government at a time of increasing state intervention.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/P000681/1].
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McCrossan, Katharine
Authors: McCrossan, K.
College/School:College of Arts
Journal Name:Journal of Scottish Historical Studies
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-1749
Published Online:27 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Edinburgh University Press 2021
First Published:First published in Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 41(1):65-86
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303166Scottish Graduate School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P000681/1SS - Academic & Student Administration