Lessons from History for COVID-19

What is there to learn from how societies responded to past pandemics?

Research event, Webinar Recording
28 May 2020 — 2:00PM TO 3:00PM


History helps us to understand our world and to navigate its challenges. While drawing historical parallels needs to be done carefully, there are lessons we can learn from the First World War and the turbulent world it left in its wake. Revolutions, competing nationalisms and the deadly Spanish influenza epidemic, all threatened to spread even more misery and violence after 1918. What can we learn from that period about how to rebuild societies and establish a workable international order? This event draws upon the January 2019 issue of International Affairs, ‘World politics 100 years after the Paris peace conference’.

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