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 History Manifesto by David Armitage and Jo Guldi

The History Manifesto

David Armitage and Jo Guldi |

David Armitage and Jo Guldi found themselves chafing against history’s traditional reluctance to embrace broad time-scales, which they argue in The History Manifesto are crucial for policy makers. Read about their inspiration for The History Manifesto, which is being launched at LSE on 8 October

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The Politics of Expertise - How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain by Matthew Hilton

The Politics of Expertise - How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain

Matthew Hilton |

Encouraged by students seeking alternatives to traditional social history, Matthew Hilton and colleagues charted the growth and ascendency of NGOs, their influence, impact - and limitations. By examining three key civil society concerns - environmentalism, humanitarian aid and development, and homelessness - the authors consider how NGOs and people's marginalisation from traditional politics has changed the ways in which 21st century Britons engage with the world.

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Hyperactive: the controversial history of ADHD by Matthew Smith

Hyperactive: the controversial history of ADHD

Matthew Smith |

Matthew Smith explains how he was motivated to write a history of hyperactivity and discusses what his research can add to present-day debates about its diagnosis and treatment, and the nature of modern childhood.

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Registration and Recognition. Documenting the Person in World History by Keith Breckenridge , Simon Szreter

Registration and Recognition. Documenting the Person in World History

Keith Breckenridge , Simon Szreter |

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’ by Glen O'Hara

‘Governing Post-War Britain’

Glen O'Hara |

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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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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