H&P supports a network of over 250 historians, who are willing and able to comment on current policy issues. On this page you will find historians' responses to developments during the general election campaign and to the politics and policies of the new coalition government.
On this page you will find:
- Policy papers and documents
- Rapid responses
- H&P opinion pieces
- Historians' opinion in the media
- Political history forum
- Afghanistan's armies, past and present
Stephanie Cronin (8 July 2010)
- The Victorian information age: nineteenth century answers to today's information policy questions?
Toni Weller (30 June 2010)
- Papers prepared for H&P seminar with the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit on the 'Big Society'.
Kate Bradley, Jose Harris, Matthew Hilton, John Mohan, Simon Szreter, Pat Thane, Karl Wilding (June 2010)
- The 'Big Society': civic participation and the state in modern Britain
Matthew Hilton, James McKay, Nicholas Crowson and Jean-Francois Mouhot (22 June 2010)
- The power of the Prime Minister
Andrew Blick and George Jones (9 June 2010)
- What next for Gordon Brown?
Kevin Theakston (19 May 2010)
- Today's toughest policy problems: how history can help
Mel Porter and Alastair J. Reid (5 May 2010)
Historians provide rapid comment during the election campaign and the early days of the new government:
- History offers no route-map: these spending cuts have no precedent
Glen O'Hara (22 June 2010)
- What's a 'back office' for? The case of policing
Chris A. Williams (22 June 2010)
- Scrapping the police 'stop' form
James Whitfield (24 May 2010)
- Nick Clegg and the not-so-great 1832 Reform Act
Sarah Richardson (20 May 2010)
- BA cabin crew: the London dockers of our time?
Jim Phillips (17 May 2010)
- A Conservative - Labour coalition?
David Edgerton (11 May 2010)
- Another election this year? Historical perspectives on the hung parliament
Richard Toye (7 May 2010)
- Where will the axe fall? Public opinion and spending cuts
Henry Irving (30 April 2010)
- History suggests that Scandinavian policies will be lost in translation
Glen O'Hara (21 April 2010)
- A return to Victorian levels of railway building?
Colin Divall (12 April 2010)
H&P opinion pieces
Historians write exclusively for the H&P website on the election campaign and its aftermath:
- Dr Liam Fox: More Palmerston than Blair?
Adam Shelley (24 May 2010)
- The 'Great' Reform Act of 1832: Clegg's unfortunate parallel
Steven Fielding (20 May 2010)
- If Cameron is the new Baldwin, where does this leave Clegg?
Steven Fielding (19 May 2010)
- Avoiding Irish entanglements
Iain McLean (12 May 2010)
- That Cabinet Manual in full
Iain McLean (7 May 2010)
- Proportional Representation: historical destiny beckons?
Simon Szreter (6 May 2010)
- Nuclear elections
Matthew Grant (4 May 2010)
- When the wheels came off Brown's campaign bus
Jon Lawrence (29 April 2010)
- Cabinet Office quest for written constitution should worry historians
Andrew Blick (23 April 2010)
- Revisiting the 'Big Society'
Henry Irving (23 April 2010)
- Don't mention the war? History suggests foreign policy can swing voters
Jenna Phillips (22 April 2010)
- History suggests "boom and bust" won't go away
David Hall-Matthews (12 April 2010)
- Cameron and the renewal of the 'property-owning democracy'
Matthew Francis (26 February 2010)
- Political posters in history
Christopher Burgess (12 January 2010)
Opinion pieces in the media
Articles by historians published in the media:
- The reduction in maternal death rates is not a Lib-Con achievement
Graham Mooney (Guardian, 27 June 2010)
- Austerity was a hard sell in the 40s. Today it's harder still
David Kynaston (Guardian, 22 June 2010)
- Brown begins his adventures in the afterlife
Kevin Theakston (Yorkshire Post, 18 May 2010)
- Liberal revival? A cruel illusion if the past is anything to go by
Richard Toye (Western Morning News, 13 May 2010)
- Tory-Liberal parallels with the Fox-North coalition
Paul Lay (History Today, 13 May 2010)
- Electoral reform: The battle for fairer votes begins here
Iain McLean (Independent, 10 May 2010)
- Advice for a new government
David Reynolds (Guardian, 8 May 2010)
Steven Fielding (University of Nottingham Election 2010 blog, 10 May 2010)
- Scrap the Tory plans and bring in PR
Iain McLean (Guardian, 2 May 2010)
Steven Fielding (University of Nottingham Election 2010 blog, 2 May 2010)
- Broken Britain and Big Society: Back to the 1930s?
John Welshman (OUP blog, 29 April 2010)
- Changing the rules by stealth: the UK's constitution is being written as the public follows the election
Andrew Blick (OurKingdom, 29 April, 2010)
- Should Labour love coalitions?
Greg Rosen (Progress online, 21 April, 2010)
- Leaders' debates: keeping the hustings alive?
Jon Lawrence (OUP blog, 21 April 2010)
- Britain's third party looks to history
Peter Clarke (Financial Times, 20 April 2010)
- Meet the Nick Clegg of 1942
Steven Fielding (Guardian, 18 April 2010)
Political history forum
A group of expert political historians is now available to provide comment on a range of key issues ahead of, during and immediately after the General Election, including:
- Electoral reform
- Hung parliaments
- Election campaigning
- Public engagement with politics
- Candidate selection
- Cabinet appointments and coalition governments
For more information on the forum, and for details of how to contact a historian, please see our press note.
Users of the website are welcome to download and reproduce its contents consistent with the fair dealing exceptions, in particular fair dealing for the purpose of research or private study. In submitting their papers to this website authors are considered to have granted the editors a licence to reproduce their work in electronic form, but they continue to retain copyright in their work. The editors retain copyright in the website as a compilation or database, as well as in the underlying source code as a computer program.
The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the editors or other staff members of the Centre for Contemporary British History, University of London, the Centre for History in Public Health, University of London or the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.