The Second Near East Refugee Crisis

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

The Sixth Extinction and Our Unraveling World (a History Talk podcast)

As the effects of climate change, toxic pollution, and over-exploitation of resources increasingly dominate the news, there may be an even larger threat on the horizon. By the end of this century, scientists are warning that nearly 25-50% of all species on earth could be lost, in what they are calling a "sixth extinction." Are humans on the cusp of a global extinction event of our own making? And if so, what will this mean for humanity and what can we do about it?

The Soldier's Experience of Demobilization in the 20th Century

Investiture lecture by Professor Bruno Cabanes as Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Military History in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, February 2015. This video begins with a presentation about Donald G. Dunn and his life with Professor Cabanes' lecture following. In 1945, Donald Dunn was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. 

The State's Three Bodies

Closing Keynote Lecture at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University by Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London on April 17, 2015.

The State-Society Paradigm in Russian and Soviet History: How the Modern State Taxed Its Population and in the Process Co-opted It

Presented by Yannis Kotsonis, New York University, at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University on September 19, 2014. Associate Professor Kotsonis explores the theoretical problem of modern state formations and the duality of the state in one classic situation: late imperial and Soviet Russia. Nicholas Poulantzas called attention to this "Janus-faced" quality of the state: it is both narrow and integral, coercive and inclusive, a separate power and a locus of mass inclusion. Here I suggest how this duality played out in the late Empire and the early Soviet period, using fiscal policy and practice in particular. States could insist that they existed in relation to their societies, and at the same time were coterminous with society. How this ambiguity played out relates to historical settings, and in Russia and the USSR it allowed for states with seemingly unlimited capacities to create and coerce.

The Three Revolutions of Syngman Rhee

Presented by David P. Fields, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the pantheon of authoritarian strongmen of the Cold War, it is tempting to think of Syngman Rhee as the one we know the best. Prior to his return to Korea in 1945—courtesy of a War Department transport plane—Rhee spent nearly forty years in the United States. He earned degrees from Harvard and Princeton, spoke English fluently, and was a dedicated Christian to boot. He seemed tailor-made for the task of assisting the U.S. Army to occupy a country that did not want to be occupied.

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.