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?

What's "Natural" on the Galapagos Islands?

In geologic years, the Galapagos Islands are infants. Located on the perpetually moving Nazca tectonic plate, the islands were formed through repeated volcanic activity. Layer by layer, the islands have risen off the ocean floor, forming a chain that is approximately five million years old. Find out more in this video written by David Bernstein and narrated by Nicholas Breyfogle. A textual version of this video is available here.

Women in American Politics (a History Talk podcast)

As we near the centennial of the 19th Amendment—and with the possibility of America’s first female president on the horizon—History Talk takes a look at women’s role in American politics.  Guests Kimberly Hamlin, Susan Hartmann, and David Steigerwald discuss the impact of women’s suffrage in the twentieth century, the emergence of female political candidates, and the cultural and institutional hurdles faced by women seeking public office.