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.


After the statues fall: decolonising Hellenic studies

Professor Paul Cartledge, newly appointed President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, reflects on recent protest movements and the need for decolonisation and renewal in the classics – and in the great museum collections.

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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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On VE Day: we should look to 1942 for inspiration, not the Blitz or 1945

1942 saw the nadir of the war, but also the publication of the Beveridge Report and a profound national discussion on what postwar society should be like, says Lucy Noakes. What should we change in a post-Covid future?

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Repatriating histories: a call for global policies on the return of human remains

Human remains were unlawfully gathered from across the world in the age of colonialism - Jeremiah J Garsha argues that museums now need to adopt policies to assist Indigenous attempts to bring their people home.

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Lost files, history thieves and contemporary British history

Daniel Lomas sets the recent loss of historical papers by the government in context - cock-up or conspiracy?

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Where Influence Lies

Prof. Jean-Pierre Morin argues historians need to become more proactive in order to overcome the challenges they face when communicating with policymakers. 

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Historians for Britain and the ‘historical perspective’ on Europe

As debate about controversial political issues such as Europe accelerates, Dr Tom Charlton challenges historians to acknowledge the contestabilty of their interpretations - particularly when used to advocate for political ends.

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Wolf Hall: history and her story

As the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall ends, Dr Richard Rex considers portrayals of Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More through the ages to reflect on historical fiction and history in an article co-published with openDemocracy.

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War commemorations and politics: Lessons from the nineteenth century

Following comments made by Education Secretary Michael Gove, Dr Karine Varley looks at the differing ways in which historians and politicians treat war history. 

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