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.


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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Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History by Colin Divall , Colin Pooley

Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History

Colin Divall , Colin Pooley |

Inspired by developments in countries such as The Netherlands, Colin Divall & Colin Pooley published Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History in order to demonstrate ways in which an understanding of history can be used to inform present-day transport and mobility policies. 

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Pre-School Childcare in England, 1939-2010: Theory, Practice and Experience by Angela Davis

Pre-School Childcare in England, 1939-2010: Theory, Practice and Experience

Angela Davis |

In Pre-school childcare in England, 1939–2010, Dr Angela Davis sough to examine past attitudes towards pre-school childcare and see how those attitudes continue to influence those who work in forming and delivering childcare policy in the present day. 

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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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