Hong Kong: Twenty Years Later

On July 1, 1997, British and Chinese representatives attended the Hong Kong handover ceremony in Wan Chai. The assembly witnessed the transfer of the island's sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China (PRC). In the course of Sino-British diplomatic relations, the build-up to the transfer represented one of the most symbolic … Continue reading Hong Kong: Twenty Years Later

Cecil Rhodes, The Face of British Imperialism

On the front of the Rhodes Building at Oriel College, Oxford stands the statue of Cecil Rhodes, the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-1896). The figure was installed after Rhodes' £100,000 gift to the university, his alma mater, upon his death. But, in recent years, the statue has received criticism from those who want to see … Continue reading Cecil Rhodes, The Face of British Imperialism

Great Britain and the Great Political Blunder

Given the results of the 2017 general election, the Prime Minister's attempt to gain a greater majority in Parliament decisively failed. What happened at the polls yesterday was nothing short of a political blunder by the Conservative Party. In April, Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election. Amidst concerns of great divisions in Westminster, May saw … Continue reading Great Britain and the Great Political Blunder


Modern British History analyzes economic and political events within the United Kingdom, providing historical context and relevant primary sources geared toward a wide audience. The goal is to provide insight into aspects of British society through the integration of key ideas, perspectives, and historical methodologies. Articles mainly focus on the history and legacy of the British Empire from … Continue reading Introduction