The Travel of Anxieties: Rethinking the impact of western medicine on Japanese conceptions of the body

Samuel C. Chu Memorial Lecture in East Asian Studies with Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard presented by The Ohio State University Department of History. Historians of early modern Japan have long cited the appearance of the Kaitai shinsho (1774), a translation of a European anatomical text, as a critical turning point in Japanese studies of Western languages and science. But the importance of this text in the broad history of cultural transfer has long distorted interpretations of Japanese medical history. It has greatly exaggerated, on the one hand, the impact of Western anatomy, and has completely hidden, on the other, a far deeper transformation. For Japanese medicine before the end of the nineteenth century, the most significant change inspired by the encounter with Europe lay not, in fact, in altered notions of bodily structure, but rather in new fears of vulnerability.

This is the Enemy

Created and developed by Gretchen Jahn Bertram

This is the Enemy investigates the internment of Japanese-Americans in the United States following the attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into the second World War.

Top Ten Origins: Climate Change

This video is based on a written article by Professor Sam White at The Ohio State University for the online history magazine, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective. The original text is available at

U.S.-Iraqi Relations in Historical Perspective

Twice since 1990, the United States initiated military action against Iraq, most recently in an invasion in 2003 that resulted in a prolonged, difficult, and costly U.S. occupation of the country. Sharing the insights of his recent book, Missions Accomplished?: The United States and Iraq since World War I (Oxford University Press, 2011), Peter Hahn will discuss the long-term development of U.S. policy toward Iraq, identify problems and challenges that the United States encountered, assess the wisdom and effectiveness of U.S.

United States Relations: Drugs and Race

Created by Shailey Wetmore. 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. 

Unwelcome Newcomers: The Irish in Britain

Created by William Van Why in Prof. Theodora Dragostinova's History 3252 Course, People on the Move: Migration in Modern Europe, at The Ohio State University spring semester 2016.

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.