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

Top Ten Origins: D-Day

The Normandy Invasion (June 6, 1944) was the supreme joint effort of the Western Allies in Europe in World War II and remains today one of the best known campaigns of the war.



Top Ten Origins: Vaccination

Australian scientists have been successful in growing the Wuham virus in a lab, increasing the possible development of a vaccine for the Corona virus. Just what do we know about the history behind the creation of vaccines? Find out the most important things to know in "Top Ten Origins: Vaccination" written by Dr. Christopher Otter.

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.

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?