Contextual Politics

Contextual Politics is a website devoted to examining politics in the light of its historical, cultural, social, or intellectual contexts. It also draws inspiration from the sub-discipline of contextual ethics in acknowledging that political opinions often change from one context to another. The politics is mostly UK related, but will branch into other parts of the world on occasion. A key context for politics is the media and there is a strong focus on the media (including social media) in this website.


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.

This website has not seen any new articles for a long time but with good reason: the Brexit articles that originally inspired the site also inspired my recently published historical analysis Brexit in Context, which was published a week after the first anniversary of the referendum on 30 June 2017.

Contextual Politics is the new name for Mercian Politics. If you have been re-directed from this is exactly the same website, but the older address may eventually be remaindered.

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