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“A Good Winter Rain Will Put Everything Right”: The British Government in India’s Response to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Famine

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By Maura Chhun, Metropolitan State University Abstract The 1918 Influenza Pandemic killed over twelve million Indians while a concurrent famine drove up the cost of basic necessities. The British government framed the pandemic as a complicating factor in their otherwise successful management of the famine, but more accurately the famine was a contributing factor to the pandemic’s death toll. Key words:

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Pedagogical and Historical Resources for the Pandemic

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By Sarah Pesola, Chief Intern, undergraduate at Metropolitan State University Edited by Birgit Schneider and Jeanne E. Grant This is a special summer issue of the journal called, Pandemics in Historical Perspective. Every Friday, or nearly every Friday, through mid-June another article will be published. The articles, as they are published, will be open to moderated comments. We invite readers

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Review of From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East by David J. Dunford Potomac Books

From Sadat to Saddam: The Decline of American Diplomacy in the Middle East. David J. Dunford.  Lincoln: Potomac Books, 2019. ISBN: 2370000713155 OlmsteadSadatReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Justin Quinn Olmstead, University of Central Oklahoma Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the

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Review of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus Cornell University Press

The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Scott Straus. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2006. ISBN: 10:080144489 KoderoRwandaReviews20192020theMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Cliff Ubba Kodero, Florida International University Edited by Martin Pflug (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Column: Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood is a notable landmark in San Francisco as its architecture, culture, and customs are distinct from the rest of the city. San Francisco’s Chinatown is significant as it the largest Chinatown in the world outside of Asia. What is notable about Chinatown is the neighborhood has retained its

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Review of Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire by Lauren Janes Bloomsbury Academic

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Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire. Lauren Janes. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. ISBN: 9781472592828 WilliamsColonialReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by Nicholas Williams, University of Minnesota Edited by Ann Waltner (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America by Yong Chen Columbia University Press

Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America. Yong Chen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780231168922 McElroyChopReviews20192020TheMiddleGroundJournal.org Reviewed by James McElroy, University of Minnesota Edited by Ann Waltner (c) 2019 and 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 19, 2019-2020 school year. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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