Politics and Economy of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Historical Perspective

A Webinar with Vinay Lal


  • Vinay Lal University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)




Coronavirus, Colonialism, globalization, technology, nationalism


In this webinar Vinay Lal discusses the coronavirus pandemic from a historical perspective. He argues that although there have always been pandemics the present one is historically unprecedented with respect to the massive scope of state intervention. He further discusses how modern states with their advanced healthcare systems could not deal with the viral disease. He also sheds some light on how technology and globalization are related to the pandemic.

Author Biography

Vinay Lal, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Vinay Lal is a professor of history at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His most recent books are the two-volume Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013) and A Passionate Life:  Writings by and on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, co-edited with Carol Ellen DuBois (Delhi: Zubaan; distributed in the US by the University of Chicago Press).

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How to Cite

Lal, V. . (2020). Politics and Economy of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Historical Perspective: A Webinar with Vinay Lal. Review of Human Rights, 6(1), 23–56. https://doi.org/10.35994/rhr.v6i1.147



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