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 259 Opinion Articles listed by date and they are all freely searchable by theme, author or keyword.


‘Incentivising an ethical economics’. Winning Entry for the IPPR Economics Prize 2019

Read more about H&P co-founder Prof Simon Szreter's team's prize-winning plan for a step change in the UK's economic growth

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Repatriating histories: a call for global policies on the return of human remains

Human remains were unlawfully gathered from across the world in the age of colonialism - Jeremiah J Garsha argues that museums now need to adopt policies to assist Indigenous attempts to bring their people home.

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Pubs have a role to play in the Government’s loneliness strategy

Mark Hailwood highlights the historic role of pubs within the community - arguing that the Government's loneliness strategy would benefit from the positve contributions pubs can make with regards to social interaction.

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Chlorinated chicken, the European ‘museum of farming’ and the agricultural revolution of the future

John Martin and James P. Bowen take issue with claims that a 'museum of farming' approach by the EU has constrained British agriculture - which has been strongly innovative while maintaining high welfare standards

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Brexit and the mythologies of nationalism: a warning for Wales

Richard Marsden explores the historical distinctions between nationalist movements in Scotland, Ireland and Wales - and what this means for the UK after Brexit.

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Mines: the original “autonomous weapons” and the failure of early 20th century arms control

Combat drones are a contentious topic, but these are not the first "autonomous weapon" in history. Richard Dunley on the early twentieth century precedent of mines, and the lessons for those seeking arms control today.

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Why did only some women get the vote in 1918, and what happened next?

Pat Thane on the decade of campaigning between the two Representation of the People Acts (1918 and 1928) which finally gave the vote to all adult women.

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Restrictions on British colonial migrants in an era of free movement: the case of Cyprus

Evan Smith and Andrekos Varnava trace the roots of today's "hostile environment" to Britain's treatment of Cypriots between the wars - British citizens targeted with access controls a generation before Windrush.

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Green Brexit: a historical perspective

Mitya Pearson notes the government's plans for a "Green Brexit" and outlines the history of environmental governance in the UK - successful and unsuccessful.

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After the Windrush scandal: are other groups a target?

Mike Slaven and Christina Boswell trace the Windrush scandal to institutionalised "symbolic policy-making" at the Home Office and point up the implications for EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit.

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