Historians Books

H&P historians reflect on the process of historical research and writing, what they discovered and the relevance of their findings for policy - whether at international, national or local levels.

Registration and Recognition. Documenting the Person in World History

New technologies of civic identity registration are a major global policy innovation. Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter, H&P Managing Editor, introduce a volume of new findings on the little-known comparative world history since the ancient world- both East and West- of these official and legal recognition systems; and discuss some of the policy implications from this diversity of original historical research.

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‘Governing Post-War Britain’

Glen O'Hara explores the paradoxes of governing post-war Britain. Why, he asks, when living standards rose so markedly, did voters accord politicians with so little credit for their new-found prosperity?

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Wales since 1939

Martin Johnes discusses how he approached the history of Wales since 1939, studying it as both a 'complex and contradictory' nation in its own right, and also as a witness and participant to the events and changes that shaped the UK and the wider world in the twentieth century.

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‘Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried motherhood in twentieth century England’

In this groundbreaking new study, Pat Thane and Tanya Evans challenge many of the stereotypes and historical myths that are prevalent in present-day media and policy discussion about unmarried mothers. Co-author Pat Thane explains that, far from being a creation of the 'permissive 1960s', unmarried mothers were both more prevalent, and more diverse, than is often assumed.

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The Big Society Debate: a New Agenda for Social Welfare?

There is a long transatlantic intellectual history of ideas, akin to 'the Big Society', stretching back at least to Adam Smith. Today's 'Big Society' policies draw on institutions and activities that have a long history in Britain. To explore the implications of that history for civil society and welfare provision today, historians and social policy scholars have collaborated on a new book.

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About Us


With long-established offices in King's College London and the University of Cambridge, H&P is an expanding Partnership currently supported by 6 Higher Education Institutes: King’s College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, and The University of Sheffield.

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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