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.


The Rise of Managerial Bureaucracy: Reforming the British Civil Service by Lorenzo Castellani

The Rise of Managerial Bureaucracy: Reforming the British Civil Service

Lorenzo Castellani |

Lorenzo Castellani traces the transformation of the UK Civil Service between 1979 and 2007 into a "managerial bureaucracy".

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History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From by Eureka Henrich , Julian M. Simpson (eds)

History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From

Eureka Henrich , Julian M. Simpson (eds) |

The editors present their new collection of histories of immigration from across the globe, accompanied by an overarching discussion of the role the profession of history plays, or can play, in immigration debate.

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Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century by Professor Peter Ackers , Dr Alastair Reid

Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century

Professor Peter Ackers , Dr Alastair Reid |

The book’s essays explore neglected aspects of working class experience and political awareness over the twentieth century - including religious Nonconformity, self-organisation and left libertarianism - and shows how this diversity has been quashed by a narrative focussing on trade unions, nationalisation, class cohesion and secular state-socialism.

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Notes from Rio: the Always/Never Marvellous City by Daryle Williams , Amy Chazkel , Paulo Knauss

Notes from Rio: the Always/Never Marvellous City

Daryle Williams , Amy Chazkel , Paulo Knauss |

The Cidade Maravilhosa of the XXXI Olympiad has a rich and extraordinary history and a challenging present. Professor Daryle Williams presents his co-edited volume The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Culture, Politics, part history, part travel guide, and part indispensible background to the 2016 Games.

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A Civic Gospel for the 21st Century? by Ian Cawood , Albert Bore

A Civic Gospel for the 21st Century?

Ian Cawood , Albert Bore |

Ian Cawood introduces a new volume of collected essays on Joseph Chamberlain (I. Cawood & C. Upton (eds.) Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon (London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2016)). His introduction is followed by reflections on contemporary civic revival from a speech given at the conference which led to this book by Sir Albert Bore, former leader of Birmingham City Council.

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