I am trying to calculate the number of deaths due to pestilence from 1750-1800,1800-1850,1850-1900,1900-1950,1950-2000, and 2000-2014.

Wikipedia has good information on many: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic#Pandemics_and_notable_epidemics_through_history

I started adding up the numbers, but then it becomes very vague for some of the most serious diseases: small pox, measles, tuberculosis, malaria.

Does anyone know where I can get this information? I don't need it broken down by disease necessarily, I'm really just looking for an overall death toll.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a reference request. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 3:18
  • @PieterGeerkens - Agreed in its present form, but rephrased toward the historiography of finding epidemiology information would be an interesting and IMHO on topic question.
    – Comintern
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 4:25
  • Would it be better to change the question to "How many people died due to pestilence during these time periods?" Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 13:41
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a reference request. Commented May 14, 2015 at 3:26
  • Could we rephrase the question to emphasize methods? This is a good history question phrased in a way that seems to violate the rules. (I think it may be an XY question. What about "How could I design a study to compare death due to pestilence over specific time periods?"
    – MCW
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 8:32


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