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


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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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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The British Trade Union Movement and the European Referendum: What can we learn from the past?

Prof. Philip B. Whyman compares and contrasts the role of British Trade Unions in the 1975 and 2016 European referendums. 

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What the Danish experience tells us about the British Referendum

Tænketanken EUROPA's Catharina Sørensen looks to Denmark's 2015 EU Referendum for lessons for the UK's forthcoming EU Referendum. 

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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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Britain and Europe: An Uneasy History?

Prof. Robert Tombs offers an historical explanation of Britain's uneasy relationship with European integration. 

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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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