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OP-ED: At war with the virus, no battles to win, only a future to lose
Article | May 4, 2020

OP-ED: At war with the virus, no battles to win, only a future to lose

Toynbee Coronavirus Series: A Global Historical View of the Pandemic

If we are stuck with analogies of war, then these same histories warn us not only that we cannot wait for the pandemic to be “over”, but also that during each major war extensive political and social movements supported intertwined national and multilateral responses to the global dimensions of health and economic challenges. But where invocations of war, of battles against the virus enemy, might offer comfort precisely because they posit a moment of victory—a V-Day—the intersecting global challenges of pandemic, capitalism and planetary destruction we now face allow us no such complacency.

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What We're Reading This Week
The Blog | March 27, 2020

What We're Reading This Week

Advert for passage on Empire Windrush from Kingston, Jamaica to the UK, The Daily Gleaner, 15 April 1948. Photo credit: Wikipedia.
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What We're Reading This Week
The Blog | March 12, 2020

What We're Reading This Week

The 1918–1919 "Spanish flu" pandemic resulted in dramatic mortality worldwide. Photo credit: Wikipedia. Kristie Flannery … Timothy Brook, "Blame China? Outbreak orientalism, from the plague to coronavirus", The Globe and Mail … Why has China been blamed as the wellspring of global pandemics?
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What We're Reading This Week
The Blog | March 5, 2020

What We're Reading This Week

The flags of Zanzibar and Kenya were added this afternoon to the 111 flags already flying in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 16 December 1963. Photo credit:
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Doing Global History: Research Field Guide to the Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico)
The Blog | February 26, 2020

Doing Global History: Research Field Guide to the Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico)

When you approach the Archivo General de la Nación (AGN) in Mexico City, Mexico, you notice large dark fences, big walls, and intriguing architecture. You typically enter through a massive gate, secured by an armed police officer, near the complex's parking lot. The guards and AGN's structural qualities convey a sense of protection and control. One could easily think that this design is to keep documents safely inside. While that is presently true, the original design was to keep people inside.

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What We're Reading This Week
The Blog | February 14, 2020

What We're Reading This Week

1770: Lieutenant James Cook claims east coast of Australia for Britain. Painting by John Hamilton. Photo credit: National Museum of Australia … Chloe Bordewich … Houri Berberian, "Roving Revolutionaries:
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