Historians and Parliament

Historians and Parliament

Linda Clark, David W Hayton
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The essays in this collection, a special issue of Parliamentary History published to mark the fortieth volume of the journal, examine the different ways in which historians have understood and interpreted the history of parliament since the mid 19th century. Beginning with the work of Bishop William Stubbs, the doyen of modern parliamentary historians, and including such significant figures as A. F. Pollard, Lewis Namier and G. R. Elton, down to the historians of our own time, among whom may be found two practising politicians of very different stripes, Conor Cruise O' Brien and Enoch PowellThe intention is not to attempt a comprehensive account of the historiography of British parliamentary institutions, but to focus on particular individuals and particular phases in the development of the subjectThe 13 contributors take different approaches, some examining the work of a single historian or group of historians, others surveying the historiographical landscape more broadlyThe essays not only explore the major issues which have exercised the minds of scholars involved in the writing of parliamentary history, but also reappraise important figures and make suggestions as to the directions in which future writing on the history of parliament might developTopics covered venture beyond Westminster, to include both Scottish and Irish parliamentary history, both of which have always formed an important element in the remit of the journal
D. W. Hayton is Emeritus Professor of History at Queen' s University Belfast and a former editor of Parliamentary History. Linda Clark edited the History of Parliament volumes on The House of Commons 1422-1461 (2020) and is General Editor of The Fifteenth Century series.