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.


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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Brexit and the case for a naval policy renaissance

Duncan Redford argues that Brexit is unlikely to lead to a resurgence of public support for increased naval power - the history of similar attempts to engage the public on this issue is not encouraging for the pro-naval lobby.

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GCHQ - a new authorised history

The first official history of GCHQ - Britain's most secretive secret service - will be published in 2019. Dan Lomas and Chris Murphy examine the context for the decision and the consequences for historiography.

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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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Defence Reviews: strategic and otherwise

Martin Farr offers a historical context to the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

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History & Defence: Need for long-term reflection at a time of great change

Linda Risso laments the lack of historians engaging in defence policy issues. 

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The Generals and the EU Referendum

Ann Lyon places General Sir Michael Rose's recent comments on the EU referendum in a historical context.

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How history can help us think about corruption and anticorruption

On International Anti-Corruption Day (9th December), André Vitória & Ronald Kroeze show how history can be used in the modern day fight against corruption.  

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The General and the Leader of the Opposition: Corbyn and constitutional convention

Critics claim  General Sir Nicholas Houghton's recent comments on Corbyn's nuclear policy breached a constitutional convention. Ann Lyon explores whether or not such an accusation has any basis in constitutional law. 

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Military working dogs, past, present and future

They were messengers in the First World War, jumped over Normandy on D Day and detected mines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Military working dogs have played a key role in conflicts and been decorated for their service in the British Armed Forces. As Kim Brice of King's College London explains, they are likely to remain a mainstay. 

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