John Eicher G'20

John  Eicher
Assistant Professor
History
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

ACLS Project Development Grants 2020
Assistant Professor
History
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
The Sword Outside, the Plague Within: Influenza, War, and Religion, 1918-1920

This project compares the 1918 “Spanish” flu pandemic’s cultural effects on rural communities in the British Isles and central Europe in order to understand popular perceptions of science, religion, and folk cures at the beginning of western medicine’s “golden age.” The grant will support research in German and Swiss archives during the 2020-21 academic year.