King's College Department of History
MODERN BRITAIN 1688 - 2000
Research Resources - History 345 - Fall 2000
This Web Site offers a variety of resources about the history of Modern Britain which are available online.
This Site does not pretend to be "the final word". As a matter of fact, it should serve as the starting
point for investigation of the manifold people, places, and issues which comprise the history of Great
Britain in this period of time.
Some of the links will lead to truly scholarly and professional sources of information. Others
will bring one in touch with outstanding contemporary and personal research resources. Primary sources as well
as secondary sources included. And, hopefully, a few will offer a light hearted look at historic and contemporary concerns of Great Britain.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- God Save The Queen
The Flag and National Anthem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
(Text and Audio)
- The Welsh Anthem
The Flag and National Anthem of Wales
- The Scottish Anthem
The National Anthem of Scotland.
H-ALBION. The H-Net Discussion Network for British and Irish History. Authoritative and Scholarly.
- The United Kingdom - Today
CIA World FactBook - United Kingdom (1999)
- Modern History Sourcebook
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook. A rich site of primary source materials. Particularly strong 18th, 19th, 20th century.
For a start click on Constitutionalism,also 19th C. Britain. Other information also available at this fine site.
- American-British History Resources
Outstanding Site! Broad Spectrum of Resources in American and British History. Provided by Rutgers University.
- British History 1700-1950
The Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia of British History. Over 2800 entries. Many text items are hyperlinked for additional research purposes.
Basic information. Limited substantive research materials. Yet, helpful as is any encyclopedia.
- History Guide - A "Gateway"
Click "subject Catalog". Then, Click "History of Europe" and you will be on the right path. A research "gateway" which permits examination of British History within a broad based European history framework. Developed at the State and University Library at Gottingen, Germany.
- Social History Society
Links to a variety of interesting history resources compiled by the Social History Society of the UK.
- The BBC - History of Britain
BBC - Official British Broadcasting Site/History
- Britain in General - A Travel and Tour Guide
Click on "Biographies", "Britain's History",
"Wales Guide", "Scotland Guide" under Departments on left side of Home Page. Link Away!
- Timelines in British History
Developed by the BBC this site provides Historic Timelines for England and Scotland.
- The United Kingdom from "The Voice of the Shuttle"
The United Kingdom from "The Voice of the Shuttle" Varied and excellent 17th, 18th, 19th Century Resources. Limited 20th Century Resources.
Produced at University of California at Santa Barbara by Professor Alan Liu of the English Department.
- The Institute of Historical Research - UK
Web Site of The Institute of Historical Research(University of London). Very interesting variety.
- The Institute of Contemporary British History
- National Archives - UK
Interesting OnLine Exhibits and Text from the National Archives of the United Kingdom
- The Public Record Office - UK
The Public Record Office - The National Archive - Good General Site
- The Bodleian
The Bodleian Library - Main Research Library of Oxford University - Opened on November 8, 1602
- The British Academy
The British Academy was established by Royal Charter in 1902, under the full title of ‘The British Academy for the Promotion of Historical, Philosophical and Philological Studies’. It is an independent and self-governing fellowship of scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences,
- Health, Welfare, and Medicine - 900 Years
(N.B. - This link may change) A Chronology of State Medicine, Public Health, Welfare and Related Services in Britain.
1066 - 1999.
Michael Warren, Emeritus Professor of Social Medicine in the University of Canterbury, alongside his research and teaching, has spent many years listing and referencing developments in state medicine, public health and welfare services
- Britain - A General Perspective
Not a rigorously Scholarly Site YET A Good General Resource with Articles and Links. Prepared by Joseph Sramek.
- Britain - An Academic Directory
An independent academic directory created and updated by Mike Madin; some valuable links
- Britain - A General Resource
Hutchinson Family Encyclopedia - limited but links to links good
- Western European History
University of Toronto English Library. Strictly Western Europe.
- British and American History
History resources, American and British, for students and teachers.
Link to the University of New Hampshire at Manchester Library - History Resource Links
- Historical Journals On-Line
Provided by Tennessee Technical University, a rather extensive listing of journals and magazines online. Check it out!
A Wales Reading List. The University of Mannheim. (Germany)
A Scotland Reading List. The University of Mannheim. (Germany)
An Ireland Reading List The University of Mannheim. (Germany)
- London Today
Contemporary London Internet Directory
MAJOR TIME PERIODS and EVENTS
- TEA IS SERVED
Tea Time Is Any Time!
- From Charles II to George II
Britain 1660-1760 Written by James Patterson
- The Glorious Revolution of 1688
The Glorious Revolution - One of the finest research sites on the Web. A permanent collection of materials on the period.
- The 1600's
Limited - but goes back through 1600's and includes commentary on and discussion of Locke
- The Glorious Revolution in the Colonies
The impact of the Glorious Revolution in "the colonies" - the eventual United States.
- The East India Tea Company
Official Site of the historic Company.
- The East India Tea Company - Today
Commercial Site - Yet, the original East India Company marketing its wares.
- From George III to Robert Peel
This fine web site began as a resource for students studying the "Age of Peel", British history between 1830 and 1850. Currently it is being extended to include the period 1760-1830.
- The Regency
The Regency Period. Numerous links to a wide variety of information.
- The Regency Period
Almost overwhelming variety of materials on the Regency Period. Varying quality.
- The Chartist Movement
Chartism or The Chartist Movement. Author -
Glenn Everett, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee at Martin
- The Penny Black
The Penny Black Stamp. Bearing a likeness of the Young Queen Victoria, this was the world's first postage stamp. Issued May 6, 1840.
- The Victorian Age
Excellent Victorian Era Web Project - Brown University. Primary sources on 19th Century British literature, society, and culture.
Victorian Research Web. A fine and full site.
- The Crystal Palace
At the time the Crystal Palace was "the largest enclosed space on earth". Scholarly presentation of materials about the Crystal Palace. Linked to the Victorian Web at Brown.
- The Crystal Palace
Not a scholarly site as such. Yet, provides a rather accurate discussion of the Palace and some very fine illustrations.
- The British Empire
Links to a variety of sites of varying quality with resources about the history of the British Empire.
- The British Empire
Admittedly not a rigorous academic site; however, a well constructured overview of British Empire. The "Timelines" are especially well done and provide a world view not always available.
- Contemporary Britain
Contemporary British History Links - A "Potpourri" of Information
- Britain Today
Site maintained by the Press and Public Affairs Office of the British Embassy in the United States
SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE and PLACES
COMMUNICATIONS and MEDIA
- The Mirror
Founded in 1903, The Mirror is one of London's best read daily newspapers. Admittedly "left" in its political orientation.
- The Guardian
The Guardian Unlimited Network. Link to The Guardian, one of the older and more highly regarded newspapers in Great Britain.
- The Times
The Times of London. Outstanding news paper reporting. The "old grey lady" of Britain.
- THIS IS LONDON
The Evening Standard On Line. Up to date news reporting.
- News International
Links to several newspapers including The Times Literay Supplement, The Sunday Times, and The Sun.
- The BBC - Current News
LANGUAGE and LITERATURE
- The British Library
The British Library - The United Kingdom’s National Library
- English Craziness
English Is A Crazy Language - Language Archives - Richard Lederer
- Old English
Old English Pages - Georgetown University - Developed by Cathy Ball - - Provides examination of
Old English and Anglo-Saxon England
- History of the English Language
History of the English Language Discussion List and Web Site
BritSpeak - English As A Foreign Language for Americans. Required site for reading about and traveling in Great Britain.
- Cockney Words
A General Site on The Cockney "Rhyming Language".
- Cockney Translations
A List of Cockney Words Translated
- From Cockney to English
Cockney Slang to English
- Lord Byron
George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron
- Theatre - 1800's
19th Century London Stage - "A Students' Work in Progress" - University of Washington
- The Romantic Age
Dr. James M.Wallace (King's College). The Romantic Age - English 354
POLITICS and GOVERNMENT
- The British Monarchy
The Official Site of the British Monarchy. "...the state of the monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth: for Kings are not
only God's lieutenants, and sit upon God's throne, but even by God himself are called Gods." James I (VI of Scotland). Times Have Changed!!!
- Royal Genealogies
General Royal Genealogies - England and Other European Monarchies.
- The Prince of Wales
Official Site of Charles, The Prince of Wales. Also, features Prince William.
- The Parliament
Welcome to the United Kingdom Parliament's World Wide Web Service - the Parliament, the House of Lords, the House of Commons
- The Prime Minister
The Official Site of 10 Downing Street - the Office of the Prime Minister. Also - links to Government Ministers.
- The Foreign Secretary
The Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, London.
- Her Majesty's Treasury
The Chancellor of the Exchequer. (N.B. - The Treasury is referred to as "Her Majesty's")
- The Labour Party
Britain's Current Governing Party
- The Conservative Party
The Loyal Opposition. The Party of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
- The Liberal Democratic Party
- The Sinn Fein
The Political Party of Gerry Adams.
- The Ulster Unionist Party
- The Scottish National Party
- Plaid Cymru
- The Scottish Parliament
Official Scottish governmental site. Since 1997, a more independent legislative body. To be located at Holyrood - a site sacred to the Scots and once a frequent "home" of Mary, Queen of Scots.
- National Assembly for Wales
Official Welsh governmental site. Like Scotland, a more independent body in the past few years.
- Northern Ireland Assembly
Product of the recent peace accords in Northern Ireland. Details of The "Good Friday Agreement" can be found at this site.
Oxfam - organized in 1942 - is one of the finest relief organizations in the world.
WWII occupation of Greece. Not actually a government agency.
- New Scotland Yard
New Scotland Yard. A far cry from the days of Sherlock Holmes.
ART and MUSIC
EDUCATION and RELIGION
- Oxford University
The oldest English-speaking University in the world.
- Cambridge University
Located on the River Cam, Cambridge dates its existence to the 13th Century.
- Univeristy of Edinburgh
Granted a Royal Charter in 1582 by James VI of Scotland (later James I of England),
the University was founded in 1583 and became the first civic university to be established in the British Isles.
- University of Glasgow
Established in 1451 by James II of Scotland, Glasgow counts the noted economist Adam Smith among its alumni.
- University of St. Andrews
Established in 1411, the oldest university in Scotland. In 2001 Prince William will be among its student body.
- Eton College
Founded in 1440 under the patronage of Henry VI of England. Referred to at first as "...the College of the Blessed Mary of Eaton beside Windsor."
Known today as the "high school" where Prince William attended. Over the years many of Great Britain's illustrious leaders attended Eton.
- Church of England
The Church of England - Since Henry VIII (1534) the "mother church" of the Anglican communion; "the nation's church".
Canterbury Cathedral - For over fourteen hundred years a major spiritual center in the British Isles
- Department of Culture, Media, and Sport
Government Ministry responsible for oversight of these areas. Interesting Combination??
- British Sport
British Society of Sports History
Wimbledon - History of the Championships
The British Open - 2000 - St. Andrew's in Scotland
- Football in Britain
"Football" as only the Brits and the Scots play it.
For Soccer Fans (Not Soccer Hooligans!!)
European Rugby - England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy
The Official Home of English Cricket on the Internet
More Cricket (Remember - To The Brits It Is Baseball)
Howard B. Fedrick
Last Updated August 1, 2000