War & Pandemic, a Historian’s Perspective; and Teaser: “The Founding Fathers” (Episode #118)

Since the Covid-19 pandemic has killed over half a million Americans, is it historically sound to say that the disaster is “bigger” than World War II? What do such comparisons mean, and are they illuminating? Such questions are truly a new dilemma, since from ancient and biblical times through the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic, people have usually understood war and pestilence as going hand in hand. Here, I present a recording of my recent interview with a journalist about putting pandemic and war into historical perspective, followed by an excerpt from my recent patron-only lecture on “Myth of the Month 16: The Founding Fathers.”Image: “Death on a Pale Horse,” by Gustave Dore, 1865. Music: Fandango, by Soler or Scarlatti, early 1700s, arranged for Midi file by El Gran Mago Paco Quito. Please become a supporter to hear all Myths of the Month: http://www.patreon.com/user?u=5530632

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