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
Liberal minority government elected in two general elections in January-February and in
May – Death of Edward VII, accession of George V.
Suffragette campaign includes arson; suffragette prisoners mount hunger strikes.
London Palladium opened.
October – The conviction of Dr Crippen


Edward VII.
William Holman Hunt.
William James.
Florence Nightingale.
Leo Tolstoy.
Mark Twain.


The Devil and the Deep Sea – Rhoda Broughton
Howard’s End – E. M. Forster
Clayhanger – Arnold Bennett
The History of Mr. Polly – H. G. Wells
The Book of Wonder – Lord Dunsany
Rebel Women – Evelyn Sharp
The Caravaners – Elizabeth von Arnim
The Holy Mountain – Stephen Reynolds
La Vagabonde – Collette
Gertrude – Herman Hesse

Principia Mathematica – Bertrand Russell and A.N.Whitehead

Nobel prize: Paul Heyse

Art & Architecture

‘Manet and the Post-impressionists’ exhibition at the Grafton Galleries.
RMS Franconia, with designs by Willinck and Thicknesse.



Maurice Maeterlinck, Mary Magdalene
George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird


Elgar’s Violin Concerto
Ralph Vaughn Williams, A Sea Symphony

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