Using History, Making British Policy

The Treasury and the Foreign Office, 1950–76

  • Peter J. Beck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Using History in Britain

  3. Using History in the Treasury

  4. Using History in the Foreign Office

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Peter J. Beck
      Pages 193-210
    3. Peter J. Beck
      Pages 229-238
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 252-310

About this book


The extent to which history has been used to inform policy remains a neglected topic. Focusing upon the 1957 Whitehall policy initiative, this book enhances our knowledge of post-1945 Britain, illuminates debates about the nature and the use of history in the contemporary world, most notably the relationship between history and policy.


foreign policy Policy work

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter J. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUK

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