On the Spot: Panikos Panayi
‘History seems to have little influence on many of our rulers.’
Why are you a historian of immigration?
Because I am a (second generation) immigrant.
What’s the most important lesson history has taught you?
That history seems to have little influence on many of our rulers.
Which history book has had the greatest influence on you?
E.H. Carr, What is History?
What book in your field should everyone read?
Tony Kushner, Remembering Refugees, reveals the self-righteous hypocrisy of British attitudes towards immigration.
Which moment would you most like to go back to?
Lymbia, Cyprus, c.1950.
Which historian has had the greatest influence on you?
My PhD supervisor Colin Holmes.