Statue of Queen Anne situated infront of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. (Image: Photographed by Chmee2/Public domain)
British History

Queen Anne: The Most Successful Stuart

December 1, 2017

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. […]

American History

The Boston Tea Party and the Beginning of the American Revolution

December 1, 2017

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. […]

A composite image of the flags of India and England merged together
British History

British India: How Britain Lost the Jewel in the Crown

December 1, 2017

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. […]

British History

The Life of Domestic Servants in Victorian England

December 1, 2017

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. […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

February 8, 2017

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? […]

British History

The Great Fire of London

January 24, 2017

By Professor Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago The summer of 1666 was hot and dry. Most people were grateful because they thought that the heat would […]

19th-century depiction of St Thomas Becket (Image: Photographed by cnbrb/Public domain)
British History

The Murder of Archbishop Becket

January 7, 2017

By Philip Daileader, Ph.D., The College of William & Mary On December 29 in the year 1170, Thomas Becket, the former Archbishop of Canterbury under […]