The French tradition of the royal mistress gave new opportunities for women at the court of Charles II.
Police brutality and stop-and-search are yet another legacy of Empire.
In the Industrial Revolution, state intervention, protectionism and immigration were all adopted by successive governments to promote British manufacturing.
Winning the vote meant millions of women needed a party to represent them in Parliament. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst founded one, with limited success.
From Elizabethan laws to modern food campaigns: the long history of Britain's patriotic consumers.
The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was not the great step forward it is sometimes purported to be.
The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment.
Few episodes in the history of the British Labour movement have been as mythologised as that in which six Dorset farm labourers were shipped to Australia for their trade union activities.
Volunteer rationing in the First World War depended on patriotism, but that could only go so far.
Churchill’s vision of Britain’s role in the world may provide the key to Brexit.