Political

Lords in the Light

The House of Lords, often in the shadow of the Commons, asserted its power during the reigns of James I and his son, Charles I. But it would be eclipsed by civil war. 

One Election Too Many

The Representation of the People Act, which received royal assent on 30 July 1948, abolished university constituencies.

The Colonels’ Failed PR Coup

A British public relations company in cahoots with sympathetic MPs was unable to whitewash the military regime that seized power in Greece in 1967.

Child Voters

In the politically chaotic decades before true universal suffrage, some infants found a way to vote in British elections.

Disraeli or Churchill?

Boris Johnson is facing a national crisis like few other prime ministers. Which of his predecessors will he draw comparisons with?

On the Home Front

A lively, privileged group of young intellectuals grew ever more alarmed by the crises that struck Britain in the mid-1740s.