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Epidemic control in Chinese public health: past and present

Mary Augusta Brazelton relates the history of a public health approach that has incorporated coercion, persuasion, education – and most recently, "medical diplomacy"

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Ocado for all - lessons from Second World War transport logistics

As supermarkets battle with shortages and vulnerable customers suffer, there are lessons we can learn from co-operation between companies and local and national government, says Mark Roodhouse

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Epidemics and ‘essential work’ in early modern Europe

Kevin Siena explores the redefinition of 'essential work' and notes that this is not the first time the economically disadvantaged have been pushed into the front line of disease

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Blitz spirit won’t help ‘Win the Fight’ against Covid-19

The myth of the Blitz spirit could be actively dangerous, says Henry Irving - we need to define a Coronavirus spirit of our own, where engaged citizenship encourages social distancing

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Quarantine - an early modern approach

Jane Stevens Crawshaw on early modern Italy's experiences with quarantine - originating in Venice as a response to plague

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Protection or control? The debate over emergency contraception

Anne Hanley finds that women's sexual health choices are still subject to regulation with the moral overtones of a hundred years ago - and health outcomes may suffer as a result

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The 2019 Election and the Media – a different kind of campaign

The December 2019 general election campaign has been like no other - partly due to the lack of scrutiny.

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Social democracy, Europe and the 2019 general election

Next week's election could be a turning point in the history of post-war social democracy, says Adrian Williamson.

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Does the Civil War really have anything to do with Brexit?

Most states have a clear "moment of creation" for their constitutions. Michael Braddick shows that the UK is the exception - and that this is key to understanding current debate.

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Where there is wine there is a way: lessons from ‘Brexit-like’ events in the medieval and early modern period

Brexit may seem unprecented, but 'Brexit-like' disruptions to trade (i.e. wars) occurred in the medieval and early modern periods. What did they mean for trade, supply and pricing?

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