the East African campaign of the First World War isÂ the largest conflict yet to take place on African soil in terms of scale and impact. Yet, itÂ has languished in undeserved obscurity over the years with many people only vaguely aware of its course of events.
Even though the devastating âSpanishâ influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed nearly 2 percent of Africaâs population within six months, there has been very limited investigation of this catastrophe, especially in Franco- and Lusophone Africa. This article provides the first continent-wide overview of the disaster, though it concentrates on the worst-hit sub-Saharan region.
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