While some people claimed that the pandemic originated in China, others attributed the cause to the mistreatment of animals. Even in the 16th century, the news media provided different explanations for major disasters, Marieke van Egeraat, who will be defending her PhD thesis at Radboud University on 13 September, has found.
Why did children feature so frequently in the photos of Catholic missionaries who worked in West Papua at the beginning of the twentieth century? This is something that historian Marleen Reichgelt asked herself. “The children were much more than just the targets of civilisation.” Reichgelt will defend her PhD thesis on 20 June at Radboud University.
Apparently, the ‘health gap’ is not just something of our time. In the nineteenth century, people from lower social groups also died younger and from different causes than more affluent people. That is the conclusion of historian Owen Lammertink in his PhD thesis, which he defends at Radboud University on 12 May.