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


When black lives really did not matter

Trevor Burnard explores the shift in consciousness around the acceptibility of slavery in the mid-eighteenth century, and suggests how Britain should undertake a serious reckoning with this history.

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The fall of slavery: statues, symbols and social contention

Nick Draper recounts the inertia and resistance to change that led to the fall of the Colston statue. Historians now have a complex job to do in the new terms of debate.

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A matter of life and death: football, conflict and the coronavirus

Tosh Warwick on the precedents for dealing with sporting fixture postponement and cancellation, from smallpox outbreaks of previous eras.

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The 2019 Election and the Media – a different kind of campaign

The December 2019 general election campaign has been like no other - partly due to the lack of scrutiny.

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Open diplomacy? New embassies and old on the Thames

As the new US embassy is unveiled in London, Carl Bridge and Eileen Chanin look at a historical example of a truly "open" embassy building.

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The Investigatory Powers Act - a break with the past?

David Vincent asks whether the so-called 'Snooper's Charter' is really unprecedented in the history of surveillance and security legislation

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Cornwall, Authenticity and the Dark Ages: Controversy at Tintagel Castle

Tehmina Goskar calls for a truer interpretation of history at the Tintagel Castle site. 

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Rugby: Injury, Risk, Public Debate and History

Drawing on original archival research, Saracens F.C. club historians Colin Veitch and Tom Weir add a historical perspective to contemporary debates on injury risk in rugby.

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Football Ticket Prices: Some Lessons from History

Football fans across the United Kingdom are becoming increasingly vocal about rising ticket prices. Martin Johnes & Matthew Taylor offer a historical perspective.  

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‘From magic sponge to magic spray’: football and sports medicine

In the wake of the 2014 World Cup, Dr Neil Carter, of De Montfort University, examines the historical developments underpinning the relationship between sport, particularly football, and medicine. 

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