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.


Why haven’t we had a female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police before now?

Louise Jackson places Cressida Dick's recent appointment in the context of the history of women policing over the last hundred years.

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Great Expectations: The role of education in penal reform

Will better education in prisons prevent reoffending? Rosalind Crone looks back to Victorian prison education experiments that are still influential today.

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Lessons for Mr Gove from a Victorian “Reform” Prison

Dr J M Moore offers the Victorian Winson Green prison as a historical lesson for Michael Gove's prison reforms.

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Hillsborough, Police complaints and accountability

Why did the Hillsborough families have to fight so hard for justice? Chris A. Williams reviews the history of policing and accountability.

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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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How did he get away with so much for so long? The press and Jimmy Savile

It's not only the NHS and BBC that can learn lessons from the Savile investigations. Dr Adrian Bingham, of Sheffield University, argues in an new opinion piece co-published with Opendemocracy that press culture at the time contributed to Savile's ability to abuse.

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A British FBI: a tough but not necessarily intelligent approach to organised crime

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Get local: riots, youth and community

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Fire and fear: rioting in Georgian London and contemporary Britain

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What’s a ‘back office’ for? The case of policing

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