Contextual Politics

Contextual Politics is a website devoted to examining politics in the light of its historical context. It was originally focused on contemporary politics and inspired the book Brexit in Context. Due to author Mercia McMahon applying for work that requires political impartiality the website has been reconfigured to focus on politicians and activists who are are no longer alive. This impartialty policy also means that the topics will avoid current political issues, other than to provide a historical context from previous generations. The articles listed below are temporary replacements from Mercia McMahon's background teaching politically focused church history. Gradually the website will take shape using historical analysis to give a context to understanding of especially European politics.


Mercia McMahon's Reformations of Martin Luther was published on 31 October 2017, which was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses to an archbishop, an event which is seen as the birth of Protestantism. This short book focuses on the political context of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which helped Luther to survive despite being condemned as both an outlaw and a heretic.

Middle Ages

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