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The Future of British Political History: Concluding Remarks

Joanna Innes


Adrian Pingstone

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These concluding remarks reflect, in the light of the preceding articles, on two themes that recur throughout the collection. First, how can historians maintain an effective presence in public debate about politics in Britain? Second, how should political historians position themselves within the discipline, at a time when—it is suggested—political history is losing ground among British academic historians? It is argued here that, in each case, they should reflect on what they can most distinctively contribute, either as historians or as political historians; and that they should frame their interventions accordingly.

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    Joanna Innes

    Joanna Innes is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

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