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.


Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond by Jon Agar

Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Jon Agar |

Jon Agar's global history of science raises significant intellectual dilemmas not easily captured by historical case studies. Should the social sciences be included alongside the physical and life sciences? How to integrate national stories of scientific development into a global narrative of change? In answering such questions, Agar came to two conclusions with policy implications that historians can assist with.

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The British People and the League of Nations: Democracy, citizenship and internationalism, c.1918-1945 by Helen McCarthy

The British People and the League of Nations: Democracy, citizenship and internationalism, c.1918-1945

Helen McCarthy |

Helen McCarthy considers the challenges of balancing foreign policy imperatives and democratic practices through the lens of the League of Nations Union (LNU). As one of the largest voluntary organisations of its time, the LNU promoted international cooperation, arguing that foreign affairs should be within the purview of all citizens. But as McCarthy's new book suggests, there are limitations to such campaigns when it comes to foreign policy.

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Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town by John Welshman

Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town

John Welshman |

John Welshman reconstructs the Titanic disaster through the personal stories of 12 passengers and crew members.

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Eco-Republic by Melissa Lane

Eco-Republic

Melissa Lane |

Melissa Lane, Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, considers what it would mean for societies and ourselves if we dared to leave Plato's 'cave of illusion.'

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History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue by Simon Szreter

History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue

Simon Szreter |

Simon Szreter, H&P Partner and Fellow of St John's College Cambridge, looks at the contribution history has to make to development policy - and its potential to turn some key policy precepts on their head. This book was launched in Manchester.

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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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