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.


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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History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government by Alix Green

History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government

Alix Green |

In her latest book, Alix Green seeks to re-explore the connection between history and policy, proposing that historians rediscover a sense of ‘public purpose’ that can embrace political decision-making and also enhance historical practice. 

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The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s by Evan Friss

The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s

Evan Friss |

By publishing The Cycling City, Dr. Evan Friss aimed to shine a light on the (seemingly forgotten) history of cycling in America's cities and place contemporary transport issues in to a wider historical context.  

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The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft by Hal Brands , Jeremi Suri

The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft

Hal Brands , Jeremi Suri |

Leading scholars and policymakers explore how history influences foreign policy and offer insights on how the study of the past can more usefully serve the present.

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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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