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


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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Why has the UK prosecuted so few war criminals?

The UK seems to have set an unusually high bar for prosecuting war criminals, argues Jon Silverman, but a lack of transparency prevents us knowing why.

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Historians are citizens, but their expertise is even more important

Glen O'Hara calls for a new approach to Brexit from historians - personal politics should be put aside if expertise is to win through.

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100 years of suffrage

Lucy Delap and Ben Griffin reflect on the "stepping stone" nature of the 1918 Act, which came into force 100 years ago today and extended the franchise to some women.

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Wars on waste, then and now

Henry Irving finds a precedent for today's proposed measures against plastic waste in Second World War recycling and salvage - but will the public respond today with the same willingness?

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