The West’s romance with Free Trade is ending. Why?

Donald Trump is marching the US into a trade war with China.  Markets are rattled.  China is rattled.  American companies are rattled.  After 100 years of promoting free trade as a way of enriching everyone, the West is having a rethink: is free trade really that great? This History Future Now article looks back at Western trading practices from More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Friday, May 10th, 2019
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Why Western Democracy is in crisis.

Western democracies today are not functioning well, are unable to plan for the long term and are highly unstable.  In survey after survey people living in democracies all over the world are showing record levels More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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The renewables and battery revolution. What history teaches us about the future.

The advent of cheap renewable energy and battery storage has already started to change the world. It is not an exaggeration to call this change a “revolution”. Some companies and countries will make it through More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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History is written by the winners. And Europeans are losing.

German refugees at the end of the Second World War. There are a lot of people to whom the quote “history is written by the winners” is attributed to.  Winston Churchill frequently pops up in the context More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, December 26th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 2: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit?

In Part 1 of this series History Future Now investigated instances where seceding from an empire or supranational body was a disaster for both the party leaving and the party that had been abandoned. We looked More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Brexit and Napoleon’s Continental System

Those of you who read or watched Sharpe, a book and TV series about a British soldier – played by Sean Bean – set during the Napoleonic Wars, will recall that Napoleon Bonaparte controlled most of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, December 4th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 1: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit? 

There is a lot of confusion in the UK about what Brexit means and what the implications will be for the country over the next few years and decades beyond.  For some, those that opted to vote remain, leaving the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Hinkley Point decision is really about China and Brexit

Brexiteers were worried that cancelling Hinkley could impact on one of their cherished goals – a trade agreement with China to help justify Brexit. Much ink has been spilled about why Prime Minster May’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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Brexit has highlighted those that were left behind by globalisation

HFN thinks that leaving the European Union would be a mistake.  It is likely, however, that it will happen.  So be it.  The world will not end. However, Brexit has highlighted a serious problem that threatens More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Why I am voting to Remain in the EU on Thursday

I will be voting Remain tomorrow. This is why. I love being part of the EU and our lives have been enriched by being part of it. I like having people from all over the EU coming to live in the UK.  I like the More...