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Op-Ed by Madeleine Herren-Oesch and Glenda Sluga: A Global Historic View on the Pandemic

W. Heath, 1828

A woman dropping her tea-cup in horror upon discovering the monstrous contents of a magnified drop of Thames water; revealing the impurity of London drinking water. Coloured etching by W. Heath, 1828 (Wellcome Collection | CC BY-NC 4.0).

Madeleine Herren-Oesch and Glenda Sluga have published an op-ed article on the website of the Toynbee Prize Foundation. In their contribution, the two historians comment on the global challenges of the current Covid-19 pandemic, pointing to lessons from history on the kind of global future we need. The op-ed article was published on 4 May 2020 and is available online.

Madeleine Herren-Oesch is Professor of Modern History and the Director of the Institute for European Global Studies. While her fields of expertise cover 19th and 20th century history, her historiographical approach examines history through its strong connections to the contemporary world in its multilayered, global dimensions.

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History and Capitalism at the European University Institute in Florence (from 2020-2024) and Professor of International History at the University of Sydney. In 2020, she has received a European Research Council Advanced Grant, overseeing a five-year research program on "Twentieth Century International Economic Thinking and the Complex History of Globalization."

The Toynbee Prize Foundation is an organization devoted to promoting scholarly engagement with global history through several activities. Based in Michigan, the Foundation grants the prestigious Toynbee Prize every other year to recognize outstanding work in global history.

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