A History of the Present aims to analyse the events of the present, in light of the past. It is inspired by Timothy Garton Ash’s introduction to his “History of the Present: Essays, Sketches, and Despatches from Eastern Europe in the 1990s” (London, 1999), and seeks to analyse current events in an historical manner. It aims to heed Walter Raleigh’s warning that “who-so-ever in writing a modern historie shall follow Truth too neare the heeles it may happily strike out his teeth”, but to accept that (in the words of Roy Foster), “there is no 30 Year Rule of the mind”, and that history can have much to add to public discourse on current events.


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