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 affirmative action was white: the work of Ira Katznelson

Simon Szreter revisits a classic paper from 2005 authored by Professor Ira Katznelson, which set out a history of the public policy that fostered black economic disadvantage in the United States.

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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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Restrictions on British colonial migrants in an era of free movement: the case of Cyprus

Evan Smith and Andrekos Varnava trace the roots of today's "hostile environment" to Britain's treatment of Cypriots between the wars - British citizens targeted with access controls a generation before Windrush.

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After the Windrush scandal: are other groups a target?

Mike Slaven and Christina Boswell trace the Windrush scandal to institutionalised "symbolic policy-making" at the Home Office and point up the implications for EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit.

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The integration of Muslims in Britain - a historical perspective

Professor Philip Wood looks at early Muslim traditions and the implications for integration of Muslims in Britain today

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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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