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


Lost in translation: Brexit and the Anglo-German relationship

Helene von Bismarck argues that British Prime Ministers have fundamentally misunderstood what the European project means to Germany

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The power of the popular referendum - the case of Greenland

This is not the first time a popular vote to leave Europe has brought constitutional arrangements into question. Jens Wendel-Hansen looks at the case of Greenland in 1985.

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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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Pro European Conservatives

Khurram Jowiya offers a potted history of the short-lived Pro-Euro Conservative Party (PECP).

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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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The Conservative Right, Europe and Anti-Americanism

Recent criticisms of Barack Obama's comments on the EU referendum should be viewed in the wider history of Anti-Americanism within the Conservative party, argues N.C. Fleming.

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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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Planning for the referendum and after: Lessons from 1975

David Thackeray looks at the historical context of the 1975 EEC referendum and asks what lessons pollsters and civil servants can learn from it. 

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The Conservatives and Europe: the long view

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