A Cultural & Political Timeline
An exhibition at the University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
August 23 - November 19, 1995
Death of Queen Anne of England; succeeded by King George 1 of Hanover
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift
Death of George 1: accession of George II
Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, by Samuel Richardson, considered the first modern English novel.
George Frederic Handel's Messiah first performed.
The Governess, first English novel written expressly for children, by Sarah Fielding.
Seven Years War, or French and Indian War begins.
Candide, by Voltaire
Death of George II; accession of George III
Emile, ou de l'Education, by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Founding of British Academy
First shots of the American Revolution
Declaration of Independence
American Revolution ends; independence of the U.S. is recognized with Treaty of Versailles.
U.S. Constitution ratified by original 13 states.
French Revolution begins; George Washington inaugurated as first President of the U.S.; Songs of Innocence, by William Blake.
The Bill of Rights amended to the U.S. Constitution.
Lyrical Ballands, by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Napoloeon Bonaparte seizes power in France.
Thomas Jefferson elected third president of the U.S.
U.S. - British War of 1812 begins; Grimm's Fairy Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, in Germany.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; The Swiss Family Robinson, by J.R. Wyss.
Emma, by Jane Austen.
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley.
Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving; Ode on a Grecian Urn and Ode to a Nightengale, by John Keats.
Death of George III; accession of George IV.
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper.
Death of George IV; accession of William IV.
Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe.
Death of William IV; accession of Queen Victoria.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.
Nicholas Nickelby, by Charles Dickens.
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