The timelines on this site are an attempt to highlight the major political and cultural events of the years 1895-1914. They are by no means definitive or canonical; aiming instead at a representative selection, gleaned from various texts.  Additions to the timeline are especially welcome: please leave suggestions in the comments box below.

Key Events

February – funeral of Queen Victoria; Edward VII opens his first Parliament.
July – Taff Vale Case, making trade unions liable for damage during strikes
September – Theodore Roosevelt becomes President of the United States of America.
December – First Nobel Prize ceremony held in Stockholm. 
December – Marconi sends first trans-atlantic message.


Kate Greenaway.
Queen Victoria.
Charlotte M. Yonge.


Erewhon Revisited – Samuel Butler
Kim – Rudyard Kipling
Nastanihr – Rabindranath Tagore,
The First Men in the Moon – H. G. Wells
Our Friend the Charlatan – George Gissing
Anna Lombard – John Long
The Black Mask – E.W.Hornung
The Hero – Somerset Maugham
The Inheritors – Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Hueffer
The House with the Green Shutters – ‘George Douglas’

Nobel Prize: Rene-Francios-Armand-Sully Prudhomme

Seebohm Rowntree’s Poverty, A Study of Town Life.
Sigmund Freud, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

Art & Architecture

Foundation of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. 


The Deceitfulness of Riches – Elisabeth F Brickdale.


Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters (English translation, 1924)
Foundation of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.


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