Opinion Articles

H&P encourages historians to use their expertise to shed light on issues of the day. The H&P office can help historians to publish Opinion Articles in the national media or on this website. We currently have 225 Opinion Articles listed by date and they are all freely searchable by theme, author or keyword.


Too long ago? Orgreave and the challenge of understanding the past

Lucy Delap argues that inquiries into recent historical events are vital for full understanding, lesson learning and public trust.

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The contentious history of pregnancy test drugs: will science find its own path to the truth?

Hormone Pregnancy Test (HPT) drugs are currently the subject of a government inquiry. Jesse Olszynko-Gryn suggest that consideration of the historical context is vital for a full understanding.

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Conservatives, Patriotism and State Intervention: An Edwardian Inheritance

N. C. Fleming argues that apparently contradictory Conservative positions on socio-economic uncertainty and "Hard Brexit", actually have their antecedents in attitudes within the party a century ago.

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Failed Black Sea Treaties - then and now

Russian expansion and a disregarded treaty - Hugh Small shows how the situation in Ukraine and Crimea today compares closely to that of 150 years ago.

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The power of the popular referendum - the case of Greenland

This is not the first time a popular vote to leave Europe has brought constitutional arrangements into question. Jens Wendel-Hansen looks at the case of Greenland in 1985.

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Theresa May’s Cabinet - a break with the past?

Theresa May's appointments appear distinctive and new in several ways, but Michael Kandiah argues the patterns and pressures behind them are the same as under previous Prime Ministers

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“Unelected” Prime Ministers

Will Theresa May be weakened by becoming Prime Minister without an election? Dr Andrew Blick looks at the historical precedents.

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Brexit, the Commonwealth and the problem of imperial nostalgia - a response

N. C. Fleming responds to Evan Smith and Stephen Gray's recent opinion piece and argues that the Brexiteers deployed nostalgia more out of political expediency than conviction

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The integration of Muslims in Britain - a historical perspective

Professor Philip Wood looks at early Muslim traditions and the implications for integration of Muslims in Britain today

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The EU Referendum result in historical perspective: the need for reform of Westminster

Professor Simon Szreter looks at the EU referendum in the context of our voting system and its historical trends

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