“The Case for History as a Tool to Change the World” (2017)

Cody J. Foster Published online at History News Network here. “As a “hard” social science, history can be used as an antidote to make the world a better place. Applied history can shape public policy, allow for better informed citizens, and help to enhance society. It can inspire students to appreciate the study of theContinue reading ““The Case for History as a Tool to Change the World” (2017)”

“The Case for Applied History” (2020)

Iskander Rehman Published online for AFPC here. “….This is where applied history, with its prudential rejection of presentism, teleological certainty, and overweening positivism, can prove most useful. It furnishes a healthy skepticism in the face of those who, starting from grand theories or first principles, are determined to engineer tidy sets of explanations applicable acrossContinue reading ““The Case for Applied History” (2020)”

“The Case for Applied History: Can the Study of the Past Really Help Us to Understand the Present?” (2018)

Robert Crowcroft Published online in History Today vol. 68, no. 9 (September, 2018) here. “Given that history is so policy-relevant, the scepticism of the majority of professionals about ‘applied history’ is a shame. First, it displays a lack of awareness of the provenance of the discipline. Second, it implies a misunderstanding of causation – theContinue reading ““The Case for Applied History: Can the Study of the Past Really Help Us to Understand the Present?” (2018)”

History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back in (2006)

Edited by Rosemary A. Stevens, Charles E. Rosenberg, Lawton R. Burns  In our rapidly advancing scientific and technological world, many take great pride and comfort in believing that we are on the threshold of new ways of thinking, living, and understanding ourselves. But despite dramatic discoveries that appear in every way to herald the future, legacies still carryContinue reading “History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back in (2006)”

History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue (2011)

Editors: C. A. Bayly, Vijayendra Rao, Simon Szreter, and Michael Woolcock The substantive and methodological contributions of professional historians to development policy debates was marginal, whether because of the dominance of economists or the inability of historians to contribute. There are broadly three ways in which history matters for development policy. These include insistence on the methodological principles ofContinue reading “History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue (2011)”

The Politics of Expertise – How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain (2013)

Matthew Hilton, James McKay, Nicholas Crowson, and Jean-François Mouhot The Politics of Expertise offers a challenging new interpretation of politics in contemporary Britain, through an examination of non-governmental organisations. Using specific case studies of the homelessness, environment, and international aid and development sectors, it demonstrates how politics and political activism has changed over the lastContinue reading “The Politics of Expertise – How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain (2013)”

Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History (2016)

Colin Divall & Julian Hine ,  The key aim of this volume is to demonstrate ways in which an understanding of history can be used to inform present-day transport and mobility policies. This is not to say that history repeats itself, or that every contemporary transport dilemma has an historical counterpart: rather, the contributors toContinue reading “Transport Policy: Learning Lessons from History (2016)”

History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government (2016)

Alix R. Green This book takes a fresh look at the connection between history and policy, proposing that historians rediscover a sense of ‘public purpose’ that can embrace political decision-making – and also enhance historical practice. Making policy is a complex and messy affair, calling on many different forms of expertise and historians have oftenContinue reading “History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government (2016)”