Policy Papers

Prostitution and the law in historical perspective: a dialogue

A recent Parliamentary report on prostitution and the law recommended making it an offence to buy sex – which this week Northern Ireland voted for. Setting this fraught debate in historical context,...

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Which way out of Ukraine - Versailles, Yalta or Vienna?

Russia’s renewed ‘great power’ approach to foreign policy – exemplified by Ukraine - should galvanise a rethink of European security institutions argues Dr Alexander Titov, of Queen's...

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Opinion Articles

The marrying kind? Marriage, freedom and the state in modern Britain

Love can bloom in myriad forms in 21st century Britain. In 2014 same-sex marriage was legalised and forced marriage criminalised. Is freedom of choice in marriage the touchstone of a tolerant society? Dr...

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Could imperial history help US foreign policy makers?

As the UK considers joining America in bombing the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Dr Marc-William Palen considers the light early-twentieth century theorists can throw on today’s state-sponsored...

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Getting into the corridors of power

‘Sounds like you are getting into the corridors of power': Rana Mitter in discussion with H&P's Lucy Delap on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. 

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A private public records office: Tony Benn as a political diarist

In December 1976 the Cabinet met to discuss radical proposals to combat Britain’s severe economic problems and quash the crisis of confidence in the Labour Government led by James Callaghan. Professor Mark...

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Trade unions and the First World War


King’s College London

The H&P Trade Union Forum will explore trade unionism during the First World War. This public event will feature Professor Jerry White and Dr Deborah Thom. 

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The Working Women’s Charter 40 Years On


King’s College London

This one day event will celebrate the 1974 Working Women’s Charter, explore the many challenges that working women in Britain still face, and spark ideas about how these might be overcome.

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No. 10 Guest Historian Series

H&P is working in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office and the National Archives to help revitalise the history content of the new History of Government Blog website.

H&P commissions and edits the No. 10 Guest Historian series, written by expert historians from the H&P network, as well as creating lively new biographies of previous Prime Ministers.

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About Us

H&P is a unique collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London and the University of Cambridge.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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