History & Policy papers are written by expert historians, based on peer-reviewed research. They offer historical insights into current policy issues ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq, climate change and internet surveillance to family dynamics, alcohol consumption and health reforms. For historians interested in submitting a paper, please see the editorial guidelines.
Currently, 231 papers are freely searchable by theme, author or keyword, with new papers published regularly. Where possible, we publish papers to coincide with relevant policy developments. If you are a policy maker, civil society practitioner or journalist and would like to contact one of our historians, please contact email@example.com.
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Thucydides is often confidently invoked as a source of timeless political principles – in reality, his narrative explores the complex, unpredictable nature of events, and the power of rhetoric
How much should citizens know about the activities of governments? Henry Irving and Judith Townend look back to light-touch press censorship during World War Two and draw out its relevance for today.
Policy makers today need to balance proliferating military responsibilities on modest budgets. Longinotti considers the lessons from the 1960s when the Wilson Government found itself in a similar situation.
Calder Walton examines the history of intelligence gathering and argues that using torture in interrogation produces unreliable evidence and is ultimately counter-productive for intelligence gathering.
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