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Visualizing the Geography of Diseases in China, 1870s-1920s

From the beginning, medical mapping was not just a way of thinking but a way to visualize certain conceptions of knowledge. Physicians used them for various functions in China from the 1870s, when they first published them to work out causal relationships, to the 1910s and 20s, when they transformed them for new political purposes. They were also one of the most succinct ways to circulate complex syntheses of then current medical knowledge. The earliest disease maps were statements in an argument, evidence furthering a specific case, and visualizations of possible causal relationships.

Wars and State Making: Re-examining the Paradigm

Opening Keynote Lecture presented by Steven Pincus, Yale University, at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University on September 5, 2014. Historians and social scientists agree that in the early modern period wars made states and states made war. In particular, scholars have agreed that the British state was forged through international warfare and that the British state did little else besides making war. Our evidence suggests that, in fact, the British state spent much higher percentage of its resources on economic development, especially in Scotland and the colonies, than its European rivals. And we found that Britain attained the key elements Weberian statehood not as a result of international conflict but rather because of civil war and reaction to fiscal crisis. Bellicists have long acknowledged that the British case was central to their claims, as Britain was one of the winners of the early modern struggle for statehood. Just as important, British state intervention in the economy played a key role in making Britain the first industrial nation.

Was the Qing Dynasty "China"?

Ying Zhang, assistant professor of Chinese history, discussed one of the most hotly debated topics among historians: whether the last dynasty, the Qing Empire (1644-1911), was "China." Was a dynasty ruled by non-Chinese emperors a “Chinese” empire? Is it true, suggested recently inThe Wall Street Journal, that our historical understanding of the Qing dynasty has been a purely nationalistic construction by the People’s Republic of China with fictive narratives of political and geographical continuity of a Chinese empire?

Women in WWII

Created by Belle Teesdale. This video is a digital project completed as part of Professor Lilia Fernandez's History 4015: Research in Modern U.S. History course at Ohio State University in the spring of 2015. 

Writers Talk featuring Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries on Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt

An interview with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author of BLOODY LOWNDES: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, and Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Department of History. Dr. Jeffries speaks about his book which tells the remarkable story of the local people and SNCC organizers who ushered in the Black Power era by transforming rural Lowndes County, Alabama from a citadel of violent white supremacy into the center of southern black militancy by creating the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), an all-black, independent, political party that was also the original Black Panther Party.

Writers Talk featuring Dr. Peter Mansoor, former Executive Officer to General Petraeus and Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq

Interview with Dr Peter Mansoor, author of Baghdad at Sunrise, Associate Professor and General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair in Military History, Department of History at The Ohio State University. Professor Mansoor has completed 26 years of distinguished military service including serving as a Brigade Commander and Executive Officer for General David Petraeus in Iraq.

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