Historians have often underestimated Queen Anne because she was quiet and plain. In fact, her strong common sense and identification with the hopes and fears of her people would make her the most successful of the Stuarts. […]
Well before the infamous Boston Tea Party, unrest in Boston grew so common that in September of 1768, two British infantry regiments were landed to keep order. For the next 18 months, those bewildered redcoats did nothing but unintentionally antagonize Bostonians. […]
In 1858 India formally became a direct possession of the British Crown, and become known as the “Jewel in the Crown.” To justify their rule, the British argued that they were going to bring superior European culture and political institutions into a backward continent. It was their of own doing, however, that Britain lost control over the nation. […]
As standards of social decorum for the upper classes increased in the later Victorian period, the need for servants increased as well.
A Difficult Life
The British census of 1891 found that 1.3 million girls and women worked as domestic servants. They were usually recruited between the ages of 10 and 13, after they had been through some elementary schooling. Many employers hoped for the servants they hired to have at least some elementary literacy and numeracy. […]
How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]