Here are my posts which have an historical theme. You will notice the emphasis on 19th century British political history in particular, a period which I studied for my history PhD.

As Winston Churchill said, explaining the practical application of history to forecasting, “The longer you can look back, the further you can look forward”.

Plus, history is just such fun, with a wealth of amazing stories, fascinating details and important lessons for the present.

History

Liberal Democrat philosophy: free 14 week email course

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Having people understand what the Liberal Democrats stand for and why is a continuing challenge for the party. In the few years, it has come with a new twist – because so many of the party’s members – around two-thirds – have joined since polling day in the 2015 general election.

To help address part of that issue, I run a free 14-part weekly email series about the roots of liberal, Liberal and Liberal Democrat beliefs. Each email is quite chunky, which is why they are spaced out weekly.

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This course is about where the party’s beliefs come from and why, rather than a current survey of party policy. If that’s more your thing, you may find my party poster and shorter versions of what the party believes or the 2017 general election manifesto useful.

Many thanks to Duncan Brack and his colleagues at the Liberal Democrat History Group, especially the contributors to the now sadly out of print Dictionary of Liberal Thought, whose work I’ve used heavily.

Thanks for the permission Duncan and I hope you don’t wince too much at what I’ve done with the words.

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