The Spanish flu
A dictionary of Spanish history and culture
The 1918 flu epidemic which killed 25 million people worldwide, was also known as Spanish flu (gripe española) because the country was the first place where the outbreak was reported. Elsewhere in Europe still under military censorship, news of the pandemic was repressed. In Spain, some 250,000 deaths were recorded during the course of the outbreak. In comparison, 300,000 died in fighting during the Spanish Civil War, though perhaps the same number again were executed during and after the war.
- La gripe de 1918 en la Comarca del Bajo Martín – Historia de Aragón
- El cuaderno gris, Josep Pla (1966): en 1918, debido a la gripe española la facultad de ley es cerrada, lo qué obligó a Josep Pla a volver a casa de sus padres en Palafrugell. A la edad de 21 años, decide escribir un cuaderno, el cuaderno gris. La crónica libre, espontánea y entusiástica de un hombre joven dividido entre la aldea y capital, con la vida solucionada, profesores y artistas, mitos y realidades de Barcelona.
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