Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic Resource Recommendations: Thomas W. Laqueur

Miranda Schonbrun

As part of the Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic, Thomas W. Laqueur recently sat down with John Handel to discuss “From Providentialism to Epidemiology: Understanding Pandemics through History.”

Below you can find Thomas W. Laqueur’s top resource recommendations on the topics of democracy, religion, medicine, government, and death from a historical perspective:

  • Plagues and People, William McNeill
  • Blindness as well as Death with Interruptions, Jose Saramago
  • Death is a Social Disease, William Coleman

“This book is about early 19th century France, but remains one of the best introductions to how we understand disease politically” — Thomas W. Laqueur

  • The Cholera Years: the United States in 1832, Charles Rosenberg
  • The Great Influenza, John M Barry

To watch the recorded video, please visit the “From Providentialism to Epidemiology: Understanding Pandemics through History” webpage here.