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The arrival of coronavirus in different parts of the world has raised many fundamental issues about medicine, public health, plagues and pandemics, social distancing practices, the cultural origins of fear, the nature of economic health, and many…

BY MELISSA DE WITTE

For Italians in the 14th-century, the bubonic plague at first seemed extraordinary but its repeated return made it so much a part of daily life that it became an economic annoyance and an administrative problem to…

BY SANDRA FEDER

Ana Raquel Minian, an associate professor of history in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Minian, whose work focuses on Latin American migration, joins a class of 27…

Asked how she was fairing during the shelter in place, Stanford University historian Kathryn Olivarius reflected on being a researcher studying early American epidemics during the COVID-19 crisis.

"I write about yellow fever by day and…

The Age of Jackson Podcast Hosted by Daniel N. Gullota

Guest: Professor Jonathan Gienapp

 

A stunning revision of our founding document’s evolving history that forces us to confront anew the question that animated the…

World War II provided two contradictory lessons: war must be avoided at all costs and democracies must resist aggression, says Stanford historian James J. Sheehan.

On the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe Day” – the day when people…

Tensions are rising as nations around the world struggle to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus and stave off economic collapse. Meanwhile, in poor war-torn nations like Yemen, the impact of the virus is likely to dwarf current hot spots in…

Just as the Great Depression revealed the precarity of life for many individuals and the massive risk underpinning many economic sectors and institutions, the current coronavirus crisis is drawing attention to the downsides of living in a hyper-…

The plague haunts our imagination as an indelible memory. Yet few of us have any experience of it, even as epidemiologists have noted an uptick in the number of cases in the last few decades to around some two thousand each year.

We know…

Over the past 16 years, my family has experienced four extreme self-isolations. Not just social distancing, but real lockdowns where we had almost no contact with others for months, not just weeks. As is true in the present crisis, we isolated…