We are an independent group of scholars from seven countries and several ethnicities with a wide range of opinions on many subjects, but with the shared conviction that history requires careful interpretation of complex evidence, and should not be a vehicle for facile propaganda. We intend to provide context, explanation and balance in a debate in which condemnation is too often preferred to understanding.
We aim to inform and support individuals and institutions who feel uncertain in the face of the culture wars. We have begun by bringing together on this website a wealth of writing on contested issues in history, and we will continue to produce a stream of new writing which will both set the agenda for historical debate, and call out fake history.
S02E04 – Slavery in the Middle East – Professor Thomas Otte & Robert Tombs
Thomas Otte is Professor of Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. He teaches the history of modern war and conflict, military intervention and diplomacy, and British and European history, c. 1650-2000. Thomas is the author or editor of some twenty-one books, among them July Crisis: How the World Descended into War, Summer 1914 (CUP, 2014), and, most recently, Statesman of Europe: A Life of Sir Edward Grey (Allen Lane, 2020). He has been an adviser to the Foreign Office and is elected Councillor of the Royal Historical Society.
S02E03 – The British Campaigns Against Slavery – Lawrence Goldman & Robert Tombs
Welcome to the third in the History Reclaimed series of webinars turned podcast on the British campaigns against slavery and the slave trade.
S02E02 – The Royal Navy’s Campaign Against the Slave Trade – Professor Andrew Lambert & Robert Tombs
History Reclaimed was delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Lambert who is the Laughton professor of Naval History at King’s College London and the director of the Laughton Naval unit. He delivered a fascinating lecture on the Royal Navy’s struggles against the slave trade.
S02E01 – The Costs of Abolition – Doug Stokes & Robert Tombs
This is the first-ever History Reclaimed webinar, chaired by Professor Robert Tombs. We’re very pleased to have Professor Doug Stokes, who is a Professor at the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter and the author of an excellent book called Against Decolonisation: The Campus Culture Wars and the Decline of the West.
Viewing Economics Through a Moral Lens
In this podcast journalist Boni Sones interviews Professor Ashoka Mody
Who’s writing our history and who should we listen to – were Medieval Europeans Racist?
In a new podcast for History Reclaimed, Jeff Fynn-Paul a Senior Lecturer in Economic History and International Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands tells us why he wants historical contributions to be valued on the “quality of the science” not on who's saying it. He calls this a new form of Donatism:
Great for learning! Very thought provoking!