This unique resource describes and evaluates ten of the most important events in British history between 1689 and the present. A full chapter is devoted to each event. Every chapter includes an introduction presenting factual information in a clear, concise, chronological order, and a longer interpretive essay exploring both the short term and far reaching ramifications of the event. The ten events covered are: The Industrial Revolution The Seven Years' War The Napoleonic Wars Pax Britannica The Reform Act of 1832 The Crystal Palace Exhibition The Movement for Irish Independence and Woman Suffrage World War I World War II The Thatcher Era Coverage for each event also includes an annotated bibliography of works suitable for students and a full-page illustration. A glossary of terms, a timeline of British history since 1689, a chronological list of ruling houses and monarchs, and a chronological list of prime ministers help students to better understand the major developments in modern British history, along with their significance and long-term impact.