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History, policy and public purpose: Historians and historical thinking in government

Green, AR (2016) History, policy and public purpose: Historians and historical thinking in government. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9781137520852

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Abstract

© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016. 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 often been reluctant to get involved in policy advice, with those interested in ‘history in public’ tending to work with museums, heritage sites, broadcasters and community organisations. Green notes, however, that historians have also insisted that ‘history matters’ in public policy debate, and been critical of politicians’ distortions or neglect of the past. She argues that it is not possible to have it both ways.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 16:41
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18296

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