Opinion Articles

H&P encourages historians to use their expertise to shed light on issues of the day. If you are interested in submitting an opinion piece for publication, please see our editorial guidelines. We currently have 253 Opinion Articles listed by date and they are all freely searchable by theme, author or keyword.


In Memoriam Jo Cox 1974-2016: attending to the well of public discourse

Professor Simon Szreter, Managing Editor History & Policy reflects on the life of Jo Cox and the democratic principles of freedom of speech.

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Brexit, imperial nostalgia and the “white man’s world”

The Brexiteer's call of closer trade ties with the Commonwealth are not new. Evan Smith and Steven Gray explore the history. 

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Rugby: Injury, Risk, Public Debate and History

Drawing on original archival research, Saracens F.C. club historians Colin Veitch and Tom Weir add a historical perspective to contemporary debates on injury risk in rugby.

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The Dutch 2016 Referendum: Voice, No Exit

Looking at the recent history of the Dutch EU-Ukraine referendum, Prof. Joop van Holsteyn & Tom Louwerse suggest how British voters are likely to interpret the forthcoming EU referendum. 

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Too big to use? Government surveillance and big data in the eleventh and twenty-first centuries

Kings PhD student Lois Lane offers the historic reactions to the Little Domesday Book as a parable to today's Investigatory Powers Bill.  

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Trust and referendums

Big business frequently lobbies the public during political campaigns. Matt Qvortrup looks to history to ask: does their opinion matter? 

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In or out of EU: A Maltese historical perspective on Brexit

From being the least enthusiastic country in the 2003 EU referendum Malta has become the most supportive EU member state, with both the Prime Minister and the Leader the Opposition now publicly expressing themselves against Brexit. Malta has also long had socio-economic ties with Britain and still does. The general feeling is that a Brexit would be negative for both countries. 

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The problems of prohibition: chemical weapons and the Syrian conflict

If government and / or opposition forces are found to be responsible for using chemical agents in Syria, what might this mean for international efforts at preventing chemical warfare, particularly within intra-state conflicts? Caitriona McLeish, Alex Spelling and Brian Balmer discuss with reference to the historical context of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) prohibition.

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Great Expectations: The role of education in penal reform

Will better education in prisons prevent reoffending? Rosalind Crone looks back to Victorian prison education experiments that are still influential today.

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Where Influence Lies

Prof. Jean-Pierre Morin argues historians need to become more proactive in order to overcome the challenges they face when communicating with policymakers. 

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