What lessons can we draw from post pandemic’s to prepare our politics, economies and societies for the future? Frank Snowden, Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine at Yale University, explores them in this week’s Quarantimes.

Epidemics like the coronavirus outbreak are a mirror for humanity. In his recent book, "Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present", Frank Snowden explores how infectious diseases have shaped societies, inspired political reform, altered the outcome of wars, transformed religion, and entrenched racial and economic discrimination. What lessons can we draw from post pandemic's to prepare our politics, economies and societies for the future?

About ECFR Quarantimes

We are all suffering from confirmation bias. Nationalists claim that the corona virus shows the superiority of the nation state; multilateralists claim the same for multilateralism; the end of globalization has also been proclaimed; for the left it is the end of capitalism; and for climate activists it confirms the need for more climate protections. ECFR Quarantimes enlists the brightest voices to help us think beyond the immediate response to the covid-19 crisis and overcome our pre-existing biases and beliefs to shape Europe's future role in the post corona world.

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