Climate Change: Insights From History

A conversation with Ohio State University’s Department of History faculty members John Brooke, Jennifer Eaglin and Samuel White about the historical context of climate change.

The Liberation of Paris

On August 25, 1944, the Allies liberated Paris from Nazi occupation, ending more than four years of fear, hunger and death. Learn more about this important moment in World War II, as well as the soldiers and civilians who took part in the liberation.

How the Romans Responded to Disasters

When we reflect on the history of government response to natural disasters, we discover that the expectation that central governments should play a role in recovering from such disasters can be traced back to the actions of three Roman emperors.

Black Death: The Worst Pandemic in History

The Black Death was the second pandemic of bubonic plague and the most devastating pandemic in world history. It was a descendant of the ancient plague that had afflicted Rome, from 541 to 549 CE, during the time of Emperor Justinian.

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

July 18, 2019

In a stimulating and insightful article published this week on Fair Observer, researcher and author Rejeanne Lacroix examines a surprising paradox that helps illuminate the contradictions of a world that is clearly undergoing a confused historical transition from what appears to be a principle of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Millennials Forget “Bravery” of WWI

March 01, 2018

Millennials seem to think the assassination of JFK led to the start of World War I.   The Telegraph waxes ironic, if not patronizing about the millennial generation’s ignorance of the facts associated with the official narrative of World War I. It appears that many of them think, for example,...

Would You Use Time Travel to Kill Baby Hitler?

November 03, 2016

Can time travel alter the course of history? The idea of time travel has been around for well over a century, with H.G. Wells coining the phrase as early as 1895. Ever since then, the idea of using time travel to alter the course of history has become part of our popular culture, and murder...

History is Being Rewritten in East Asia

December 23, 2015

China, South Korea and Japan need to be more honest about their own history if they want peace and stability. The Nanjing Massacre. “Comfort women.” Did the Chinese communist forces beat imperial Japan or the nationalists? And who really owns the islands known in Japan as Senkaku and in...