The correlation between epidemics and turmoils. A brief history review

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Manmade or nature made, viruses and epidemics have always existed in times of political turmoils. Is it a pure coincidence or is it planned by nature/God/universal forces? Here are some of the deadliest epidemics that shaped human history.

The Plague of Athens devastated Athens during the second year of the Peloponnesian War (430 BC), killing an estimated 75000 to 100000 people. Another plague was the Roman Plague or the Antonine plague (165-180 AD) which had severely affected Indo-Roman trade relations in the Indian Ocean and devestated the Roman Empire. The total deaths have been estimated at five million.

The Black Plague hit Europe and a part of Asia in the mid-14th century and was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing seventy five to two hundred million people. the plague created a number of religious, social and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history.

Fast forward many centuries later, the 20th century had its unfortunate epidemics such as the Spanish Flu (1918-1920). The death toll is estimated at around 100 million. The WWI played a big role in maintaining the disease for that long.

Then came Bird Flu, Sars, Mers, Ebola …. and now Corona.

Aren’t we responsible somehow for all this? If not created by men, isn’t it nature trying to get rid of us due to what we have been doing? This picture below taken by the NASA speaks better than I do:

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10 thoughts on “The correlation between epidemics and turmoils. A brief history review”

  1. Researchers tell us there are over a million viruses like the novel coronavirus existing out in our world today. Some 500 different coronaviruses in bats alone! One could only Imagine what other kinds of virus’ are, and have been present throughout humankind’s existence. Pandemics of old, went uncontrolled mostly because of our then lack of medical understandings. But today it’s a different story.

    Yet perhaps, we’ve always been rolling the dice, only now today with world travel so prominent and easily accessible, the percentages are now stacked in the virus’ favor? Add to this, our steady environmental encroachment and thus increased contact with all our animal species and the percentages of cross infection increases greatly.

    This is no coincidence. Nor in history, when plagues raged through the acts of war and foreign country interactions. Or because of mass poverty, malnutrition or the lack of understanding of personal hygiene and the existence of germs.

    So are pandemics manmade or nature made? The answer it seems — has to be both? Existing in nature and acquired by human contact. Then fostered with increasing human connectivity. The idea of nature fighting back though, would be quite ironically satisfying, at least for me. If it wasn’t for all the deaths of course. Later Maylynno!

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  2. I think that this virus, although terrible, is exposing some of the weaknesses of current political and economic structures in society. Especially in regards to class struggles. So, it is serving a purpose. It is starting a dialogue and either brings communities together or tears them apart.
    I’m just glad Canada is doing a good job with control (so far). Great read!

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  3. Great article! There was also the great plague of the 6th century AD which devastated Europe and the East, perhaps as much as the one that hit 8 centuries later. It precipitated the loss of land and prestige of the Byzantine empire as well as the fall of the Sassanian Empire. Because the early Islamic conquests were probably one of its consequences – a largely nomadic people conquering and taking territory from empires with large city populations; they weren’t as badly affected by the plague a generation or two before.

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    1. Excellent, thank you for your comment. i just tried to sum up the correlation disease/turmoils to few incidents. I didn’t know about the one you mentioned. You made me learn something about this topic. thank you again and be safe

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  4. I live in South Korea, the virus has had some interesting effects both negative and positive. I agree with Mathew, it is indeed showing the weaknesses and strengths of policies and economies. I also am extremely happy with the air quality as a result of the virus, as unfortunate as it is (I will be unable to go to work for four weeks now. At least, I am still be paid, an extremely lucky prospect.) An unexpected plus. But the main thing I am gathering from this virus is how weak humanity is in the face of nature, and how easy it is to really erase our footprint from this Earth. We really are just specks in the history of the Earth.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more with both of you. There are positive outcomes to corona like less pollution. Hopefully they will find a remedy to it nevertheless. Thank you for reading and commenting

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