Will COVID-19 force a rethink of America’s safety net?

Will COVID-19 change the American social safety net? New research looks at history as a guide for how governments react to crises that expose inequality.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: society-and-culture government history housing race-and-ethnicity socioeconomic-status

In the winter of 1933, the world ‘turned inward’

A new book chronicles the winter of 1933, when nations began to turn inward toward nationalism and isolationism and the world edged closer to war again.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture europe history politics united-states wars

Black Death shows how disease changes daily life

A historian breaks down Italy's response to the 14th-century Black Death and what we can learn from history to face today's COVID-19 pandemic.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture history italy politics

Historian: VE Day highlights complex legacies of WWII

For VE Day, a historian looks back on what we should remember and what we've forgotten about the day the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's surrender.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture democracy history wars world-war-ii

Team debunks 1 theory in the case of missing billion years

"This is a 200-year old question. If we can solve that, we would definitely be rock stars."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-and-technology geological-history rocks

How smallpox changed the face of public health

A historian explains how smallpox outbreaks changed American public health and vaccination forever, as well as what we can learn for today's pandemic.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-and-medicine covid-19-research-news history smallpox united-states vaccines

The Great Depression proved we need government in a crisis

A historian explains what we can learn from the Great Depression in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its economic devastation.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: society-and-culture covid-19 government great-depression history united-states

Will the pandemic shore up inequality or bring change?

Historian Walter Scheidel identifies pandemics as one of "the four horsemen" of major economic leveling. Will COVID-19 level inequality or shore it up?

Stanford • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture covid-19 economics history jobs money plague protests united-states

Family stories can help kids deal with crisis

Research suggests family stories can help children weather hard times—like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture childrens-health covid-19 families history stress

X-rays offer clues to armor on Henry VIII’s warship

X-ray analysis of three brass links from Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose offers clues to life onboard.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture archaeology history metals ships united-kingdom

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