Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (2017)

Dan Plesch Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2017 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine  Human Rights after Hitler reveals thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland to the Pacific. These cases provide a great foundation for twenty-first-centuryContinue reading “Human Rights After Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes (2017)”

Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East (2018)

Louise Kettle Interrogates whether the British government has learned anything from its interventions in the Middle East, from the 1950s to 2016 Learning from history helps states to create foreign and security policy that builds upon successes and avoids past mistakes. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen documents, sourced by Freedom of Information requests,Continue reading “Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East (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)”

Humanitarian Intervention: A History (2011)

Brendan Simms & D. J. B. Trim (eds.) The dilemma of how best to protect human rights is one of the most persistent problems facing the international community today. This unique and wide-ranging history of humanitarian intervention examines responses to oppression, persecution and mass atrocities from the emergence of the international state system and internationalContinue reading “Humanitarian Intervention: A History (2011)”

The History and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa (2013)

Editors: B. Everill & J. Kaplan (eds.) The history of humanitarian intervention has often overlooked Africa. This book brings together perspectives from history, cultural studies, international relations, policy, and non-governmental organizations to analyze the themes, continuities and discontinuities in Western humanitarian engagement with Africa. Publisher website here.

History of Aid to Laos: Motivations and Impacts (2009)

Viliam Phraxayavong From publisher website here. History of Aid to Laos is the first comprehensive publication on development assistance to the aid-dependent country of Laos. Written by a former senior Lao official in international cooperation, the book investigates the situation of a country dependent on foreign aid for more than half a century and the waysContinue reading “History of Aid to Laos: Motivations and Impacts (2009)”