Magazine article History Today

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Magazine article History Today

From the Editor

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The study of history bestows considerable advantage on those who wish to pursue public office. That is one conclusion we can safely draw from Britain's recent general election. A number of the new intake of MPs, some of them tipped for the highest office, are historians of note. Tristram Hunt, the new Labour member for Stoke-on-Trent Central, is probably the most high profile. His commitment to public history and concern for Britain's urban environment, evidenced in Building Jerusalem, his study of the great Victorian cities, will be a welcome addition to the House of Commons. But there are a number of other historians, mainly Conservatives, who have entered Parliament. Ben Gummer, author of The Scourging Angel, an acclaimed history of the Black Death, is the new member for Ipswich (where, hopefully, he won't have need to call on his academic expertise). Rory Stewart, former soldier, precocious diplomat and Balliol historian, secured the seat of Penrith and the Border. Kwazi Kwarteng, who holds a Cambridge doctorate in economic history and has just completed a new study of the British Empire, now represents Spelthorne, west of London. …

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