Introduction: History as a ‘Martial Art’

  • Eureka Henrich
  • Julian M. Simpson


In this introduction, editors Eureka Henrich and Julian M. Simpson explain the impetus behind the volume—a desire to encourage a more reflective global conversation about identity and migration through the use of historical perspectives. They propose, after Bourdieu, that we think of history as a ‘martial art’, a political instrument that can inform, illuminate and encourage different types of thinking beyond the limited realm of academic research. Using history in this way can be a powerful challenge to the simplistic binaries and ahistorical notions that dominate global public and policy debates about immigration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eureka Henrich
    • 1
  • Julian M. Simpson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK
  2. 2.LancasterUK

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