Global and Historical Perspectives: COVID-19

Disparities and Diseases in Global Context

Kalyani Ramnath, "Temporary," Visualizing Climate and Loss  

Amir A. Afhami, "Pandemics Ravaged Iran Long before the Coronavirus," Foreign Affairs (March 2, 2020) 

Robert Peckham, "COVID-19 and the Anti-Lessons of History," The Lancet (March 2, 2020)

Amir A. Afhami, "Why Iran Is Such a Coronavirus Threat," (March 3, 2020) 

Michael Young, "Politics and the Pandemic," Diwan (March 16, 2020) 

Donna Honarpisheh, "For Iranians, Coronavirus Quarantine Not That Novel," Jadaliyya (March 20, 2020) 

Joan Flores-Villalobos, "Black Deaths and Black Mourning in the Time of Coronavirus," Black Perspectives (April 20, 2020)

Debjani Bhattacharyya and Banu Subramaniam, "Technofascism in India," n+1 Magazine (May 13, 2020) 

Claudio Pinheiro and Vinicus Ferreira, "Brazil, History, and the Limits of the Future: Notes on Thinking and Teaching in the Time of Corona(virus)," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

John Aberth, "Coronavirus in Historical Perspective: What Lessons Can We Learn From the 1918-1919 Flu Pandemic?" World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

Jennifer Hart, "Workers at the Economic Margins Bear COVID-19's Costs Globally," The Washington Post (July 15, 2020)

P. Wenzel Geissler and Ruth J. Prince, "Layers of Epidemy: Present Pasts during the First Weeks of COVID-19 in Western Kenya," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)  

Mark Bookman, "The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary Japan," The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (September 15, 2020)

Mary Augusta Brazelton, "Viral Reflections: Placing China in Global Health Histories," The Journal of Asian Studies (October 5, 2020)

Gregg Mitman, "The Unruliness of a Virus," Environmental History (October 13, 2020) 

Liza Piper, "Pandemic Relations," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Liam James Kingsley, "Coronavirus and the Lost Legacy of the AIDS Epidemic," The Republic (November 2, 2020)

Kenneth Pomeranz, "Afterword: Lives Interrupted, Trends Continued?" in The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (December 2020)

Mytheli Sreenivas, "The Deep Roots of India's COVID-19 Crisis," Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (May 13, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

"Virtual Policy Forum Iran's Coronavirus Crisis Implications for U.S. Policy," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, (April 13, 2020)

"Another Conversation with Amir Afkhami—COVID-19 Edition," talk iran (April 18, 2020) 

"What lessons can the history of Ebola in West Africa offer as we face the COVID-19 pandemic?" Ask a Historian (May 11, 2020) 

Comparative Public Health Responses

Wayne Soon and Ja Ian Chong, "What History Teaches About the Coronavirus Emergency," The Diplomat (February 12, 2020)

Spencer Strub, "Illness & Crisis, from Medieval Plague Tracts to Covid-19," The New York Review (March 25, 2020)

Gregg A. Brazinsky, "South Korea is winning the fight against covid-19. The U.S. is failing," The Washington Post (April 10, 2020) 

Joelle M. Abi-Rached and Ishac Diwan, "In poor countries, focus on protecting the elderly from Covid-19," Medium (April 10, 2020) 

Joelle M. Abi-Rached and Ishac Diwan, "Killer lockdowns," Economic Research Forum (April 21, 2020) 

Timothy Kent Holliday, "Writing Histories of Intimate Care and Social Distancing in the Age of COVID-19," Nursing Clio (April 29, 2020)

Joelle M. Abi-Rached and Ishac Diwan, "Lebanon: Managing Covid-19 in the Time of Revolution," Arab Reform Initiative (May 7, 2020) 

Amir A. Afkhami, "Iran's strategy for fighting covid-19 could backfire," The Washington Post (May 27, 2020) 

Angela Ki Che Leung, "Chinese State and Society in Epidemic Governance: A Historical Perspective," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Florence Bretelle-Establet, "Science, Demons, and Gods in the Battle against the COVID-19 Epidemic," Centaurus (July 27, 2020) 

Frédéric Keck, "Asian Tigers and the Chinese Dragon: Competition and Collaboration between Sentinels of Pandemics from SARS to COVID-19," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Luiz Teixeira and Luis Alves, "To Let Die: COVID-19 and the Banalization of Evil," Nursing Clio (July 14, 2020)

Robert Peckham, "War of the Worlds: Covid-19 and Pandemic Belligerence," Items (August 13, 2020)  

Jacob Steere-Williams, "Pandemics Past and Present Provide Context for Coronavirus," The Post and Courier (September 14, 2020)

Mart A. Stewart, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and COVID-19," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Warwick Anderson, "The Philippine Covidscape: Colonial Public Health Redux?" Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (November 14, 2020)

Alexis Dudden, "Masks, Science, and Being Foreign: Japan during the Initial Phase of COVID-19," in The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (December 2020)

Ravinder Kaur and Sumathi Ramaswamy, "The Goddess and the Virus," in The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (December 2020)

Pamela Maddock and Warwick Anderson, "Standing up Straighter against COVID-19?" Arena Quarterly (December 2020)

Wayne Soon, "From SARS to COVID-19: Rethinking Global Health Lessons from Taiwan," East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (January 27, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

"On the Front Lines: How Public Health Systems are Confronting the Covid19 Crisis in the Middle East," Middle East Institute, (April 16, 2020)

Environment and Disease

Laura J. Martin, "The Coronavirus and Climate Action," Observations (April 10, 2020)

Lisa Diedrich, "The Cruise Ship as Disease Heterotopia," Nursing Clio (May 5, 2020)

Kalyani Ramnath, "Temporary," Visualizing Climate and Loss (2020)  

Donald Worster, "Another Silent Spring," Origins (October 2020)

Peter Alagona, "All of Us, Animals," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Jane Carruthers, "Looking at Butterflies," Environmental History (October 13, 2020) 

Michèle Dagenais, "Revealing the Significance of the Environment: Connecting the Dots in Montreal," Environmental History (October 13, 2020) 

Dolly Jørgensen, "Tracking Animals in a Pandemic," Environmental History (October 13, 2020) 

Claudia Leal, "A Matter of Time," Environmental History (October 13, 2020) 

Libby Robin, "Bunkering down in the New Normal," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Kara Murphy Schlichting and Melanie A. Kiechle, "Invisible Inequalities: Persistent Health Threats in the Urban Built Environment," Journal for the History of Environment and Society (December 23, 2020)

Warwick Anderson, "Think Like a Virus," Public Books (January 7, 2021)

Videos and Podcasts:

Joelle Abi-Rached, A. Taylor Brand, Christopher Rose, Seçil Yilmaz, and the Environment Page Editors, "Middle East History in the Time of COVID-19: A Roundtable on Disease, Environment, and Medicine," Jadaliyya (June 9, 2020)  

Health and Human Rights

Katharine R. Peeler and Scott H. Podosky, "COVID-19, Asylum, and False Binaries of Detention," Health and Human Rights Journal (June 9, 2020)  

Shen Hou, "In the Name of Health," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Globalization and Disease

Kari Brossard Stoos and Heather Dichter, "Will Coronavirus Cancel the Olympics and Other Big Sporting Events?" The Washington Post (March 5, 2020)

Andrew Liu, "'Chines Virus' World Market," n+1 Magazine (March 20, 2020)

Frank Uekötter, "The End of Storytelling as We Know It: How World Historians Can Help People Make Sense of the Coronavirus Pandemic," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020) 

Ibtisam M. Abujad, "Decolonizing the Pandemic: Transnational Pedagogy and Affective Histories in the Composition and Research Class," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

Jeremy Adelman, Or Rosenboim, Jamie Martin, Cindy Ewing, and Akita Shigeru, "Toynbee Coronavirus Series-Global History Forum," Toynbee Prize Foundation (June 16, 2020)

Monica H. Green, "Emerging Diseases, Re-Emerging Histories," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Kate McDonald, "Olympic Recoveries," The Journal of Asian Studies (October 5, 2020)

John McNeill, "Bats, Battiness, and the COVID-19 Pandemic," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Vinayak Chaturvedi, "Introduction: A Pandemic Without History," in The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (December 2020)

Videos and Podcasts:

Erica Charters, Claudia Agostoni, Diego Armus, and Anne-Emanuelle Birn, "Globalization and the History of Epidemics in Latin America," TORCH Oxford (April 30, 2020)