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pandemics



  • The Contagion and a Cure

    by Mark Lause

    Mark Lause looks at the 1793 yellow fever pandemic in Philadelphia from a working class history perspective, and finds it informs us today.



  • Pandemic Narratives and the Historian

    A group of historians including Alison Bashford, Simuka Chigudu, Deborah Coen, Richard Keller, Julie Livingston, Nayan Shah and Paul Weindling discuss the helpful and harmful ways historians have examined the COVID-19 crisis. 



  • How Pandemics End

    An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?



  • What We Can Learn from 1918 Influenza Diaries

    Historians including Kevin Levin, Nancy Bristow and Lora Vogt reflect on what people today can do to help historians of the future understand life during the COVID crisis. 



  • COVID-19: When History Has No Lessons

    by Gaëtan Thomas and Guillaume Lachenal

    Guillaume Lachenal and Gaëtan Thomas argue that an over-reliance on the allure of ‘pandemic precedents’ needs to be replaced with an enhanced understanding of the capacity of present crises to resist historical interpretation.