Global and Historical Perspectives: Past Pandemics and Epidemics

Historicizing Pandemics

Isaac Chotiner, "How Pandemics Change History," The New Yorker (March 3, 2020) 

Mary Ellen Gabriel, "Lessons from Past Epidemics," College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (March 17, 2020) 

Chris Horn, "COVID-19 impact: The history of plague and contagion," University of South Carolina (March 19, 2020) 

Alexandre R. White, "Historical linkages: epidemic threat, economic risk, and xenophobia," The Lancet (March 27, 2020) 

Jacob Steere-Williams, "Commentary: Start Remembering This Pandemic Now," The Post and Courier (March 28, 2020)

Debora Van Brenk, "Learning from echoes of past plagues, poxes, flus," Medical Xpress (March 30, 2020)

Dan Dickison, "History Professor Sheds Light on Past Pandemics," The College Today (April 13, 2020) 

Meilan Solly, "What We Can Learn from 1918 Influenza Diaries," Smithsonian Magazine (April 13, 2020) 

Paula Findlen, "What Would Boccaccio Say About COVID-19?"  Boston Review (April 24, 2020)

Katharine Sharp Landdeck, "Why We Should All Be Keeping Coronavirus Journals," Time (April 24, 2020) 

Timothy Newfield, "Nothing was the same: Historical parallels for the coronavirus should be avoided like the plague," The Globe and Mail (April 24, 2020) 

David S. Jones, "History in a Crisis—Lessons for Covid-19," New England Journal of Medicine (April 30, 2020) 

Elliot Bowen, "Of Plagues and Papers: COVID-19, the Media, and the Construction of American Disease History," Clio and the Contemporary (May 1, 2020) 

John Fabian Witt, "The Law of Salus Populi: Epidemics and the Law," The Yale Review (May 1, 2020)

Marc Parry, "Historical Archives Once Silenced Marginalized Voices. Now Pandemic Archivists Want Them to Be Heard." The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 3, 2020) 

Susanna Throop and Morgana Olbrich, "Analyzing the Past in the Present: The Black Death, COVID-19, and the Ursinus Quest," Department of History Ursinus College (May 11, 2020  

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon, "Events of Disruptive Transformation," Somatosphere (May 14, 2020) 

Alizah Holstein, "I'm a historian who has studied the Black Death. During my coronavirus quarantine, I thought, 'Will people fear us?'" MarketWatch (May 26, 2020) 

"Interview / Michael Meranze," Canadian Association of University Teachers (May 28, 2020) 

Stephanie Snow and Angela Whitecross, "Connecting Voices in a Time of Crisis: NHS at 70 and Covid-19," Oral History Review (May 29, 2020)

"According to history professor, COVID-19-is historic because of world response, not numbers," "Perspectives," The College of Liberal Arts, University of Auburn (May 29, 2020) 

David Northrup, "Teaching Pandemics in World History," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

John Aberth, "Comparing Covid-19 to the Black Death in Europe," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020) 

Mufutau Oluwasegun Jimoh, "From Malaria to Covid-19: Historicizing Disease Outbreaks in Lagos," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

Philippa Levine, "Will We Ever Learn to Use History as a Guide?" The Hill (June 17, 2020)

Lincoln Paine, "2020: Putting Our Pandemic in Perspective," Engelsberg Ideas (June 30, 2020)

Jim Harris, "Pandemics: Today and Yesterday," Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (July 1, 2020)

Christopher McKnight Nichols, Nancy Bristow, E. Thomas Ewing, Joseph M. Gabriel, Benjamin C. Montoya, and Elizabeth Outka, "Reconsidering the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic in the Age of COVID-19," The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 23, 2020)

Erica Charters and Richard A. McKay, "The History of Science and Medicine in the Context of COVID-19," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Erica Charters and Koen Vermeir eds., "Spotlight Issue: Histories of Epidemics in the Time of COVID-19," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

David S. Jones, "COVID-19, History, and Humility," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Margaret Pelling, "'Bosom Vipers': Endemic Versus Epidemic Disease," Centaurus (July 27, 2020) 

William C. Summers, "Pandemic Responses Suffer from Common Ailments," ChinaFile (July 27, 2020)

Nükhet Varlık, "Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of COVID-19," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Nükhet Varlık, "The Plague That Never Left: Restoring the Second Pandemic to Ottoman and Turkish History in the Time of COVID-19," New Perspectives on Turkey (September 22, 2020)

Gerard Fitzgerald, "Martin Arrowsmith Travels to St. Hubert: Remembering a Public Health Past and Constructing a Future during COVID-19," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Frank Uekötter, "In Order to Understand COVID-19, Historians Need to Leave Their Academic Silos," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Richard Vinen, Claire Langhamer, and Kevin Siena, "The 2020 Historical Research Lecture-Writing Histories of 2020: First Responses and Early Perspectives," Historical Research (November 1, 2020)

Warwick Anderson, "The Way We Live Now?" Isis (December 2, 2020)

Merle Eisenberg and Lee Mordechai, "The Justinianic Plague and Global Pandemics: The Making of the Plague Concept," The American Historical Review (December 17, 2020)

Monica H. Green, "The Four Black Deaths," The American Historical Review (December 17, 2020)

Videos and Podcasts: 

"Coronavirus: a historical perspective," HistoryExtra Podcast (March 16, 2020) 

"Dateline New Haven: Yale Historians Put Pandemic In Context," New Haven Independent (March 17, 2020) 

"Does 1918 Even Apply Here?" Slate Podcasts (March 25, 2020) 

"Episode 124: "The "Spanish" Influenza of 1918-1920," 15 Minute History (March 25, 2020) 

"Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues" Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (March 26, 2020 - June 30, 2020) 

"Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Epidemics in History," JAMA Network (April 2, 2020) 

"Research Symposium: Reporting, Recording, and Remembering the 1918 Influenza Epidemic," NIH VideoCast (April 29, 2020) 

Cindy Ermus and Michael Willrich, "Pandemic Amnesia," Cited Podcast (May 7, 2020)

"Pandemics in Historical Perspective," Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research (May 8, 2020) 

"The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of Covid-19" The Medieval Academy of America (May 15, 2020) 

Jo Hays, Frank Snowden, and Elizabeth Fenn, "How Epidemics and Pandemics Have Changed History," Rear Vision with Annabelle Quince and Keri Phillips (May 17, 2020)

Nükhet Varlık, "Nükhet Varlık on Plague, Public Health, and Healing in the Ottoman Empire," The Global History Podcast (June 2, 2020)

Nükhet Varlık, "Why the History of Past Pandemics Matters Now," Nextopic (July 23, 2020)

Monica H. Green,  "Monica H. Green on The Four Black Deaths," AHR Interview (December 16, 2020)

Merle Eisenberg and Lee Mordechai, "Merle Eisenberg and Lee Mordechai on the Plague Concept," AHR Interview (January 1, 2021)

Keith Wailoo, "How Do Pandemics Change Societies? A Historian Weighs in," All Things Considered (March 11, 2021)

Colonialism and Empire

Elif Selin Calik, "Plague and Empire... is a timely look at the Ottoman experience of epidemics," Middle East Monitor (April 3, 2020) 

Sheetal Chhabria, "Manufacturing Epidemics: Pathogens, Poverty, and Public Health Crises in India," The India Forum (May 6, 2020)

Maura Chhun, "'A Good Winter Rain Will Put Everything Right': The British Government in India's Response to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Famine," The Middle Ground (May 29, 2020)

Oluwatoyin B. Oduntan, "The Covid-19 Pandemic in Africa's Cultural Cross-Roads," World History Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2020)

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, "'Never Was History So Interesting': Reading, Writing, and Confinement in 1900," The American Scholar (July 25, 2020)

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, "How to Have Narrative-Flipping History in a Pandemic: Views of/from Latin America," Centaurus (July 27, 2020)

Tony Yeboah, Jennifer Hart, Nate Plageman, "Architecting a 'New Normal'? Past Pandemics and the Medicine of Urban Planning," Nursing Clio (August 18, 2020)

Zachary Dorner, "How Early Modern Empire Changed Medicine," Boston Review (September 22, 2020)

Isacar A. Bolaños, "Pandemics in Ottoman History," Origins (September 23, 2020) 

David Arnold, "Pandemic India: Coronavirus and the Uses of History," in The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (December 2020)

Videos and Podcasts:

Michael Vann, "Hanoi in the Time of Cholera during French Colonial Rule with Author and Professor Michael Vann," Chopsticks Alley (May 21, 2020)

"Unsettling Knowledge #3: Anticolonialism and Pandemics," Utrecht University (May 29, 2020)

Merle Eisenberg and Lee Mordechai, "Episode 28: The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt with Michael Vann," Infectious Historians (September 25, 2020)