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date: 24 March 2019

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This chapter reflects on the practice of contemporary history and draws from the experience of researching and writing about recent British prime ministers. It argues that it is inescapable that history is rooted in the period in which it is written and that, however vehemently historians might claim to be impartial, they will reflect the perceptions of the period in which they are writing, as well as their own personal outlooks. Contemporary political historians, as a result, should not attempt to free themselves of the age in which they are writing, but rather should understand that age and celebrate it.

Keywords: politics, political history, Britain, contemporary history, prime minister, biography

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