The Annual Register is a year-by-year record of British and world events, published annually since 1758.
From 1758 to 1789, Edmund Burke was the editor and main contributor to this publication. The Annual Register, as well as being a record of events, used to include reviews of important books, reproduction of state papers, historical sketches, poetry and observations on natural history.
After 1775, the history section of the Annual Register increased significantly and became the main focus of the publication. In the 1920s, the content of the Annual Register changed to the format that it is still used today, opening with the history of Britain, followed by a section on foreign history, then chronicles of events, a brief retrospective of the year’s cultural and economic developments, and obituaries of esteemed people who died in the year.
City, University of London Library provides access to the online version of the Annual Register, which includes each volume published since 1758.
The Annual Register is a valuable source of information for History, International Politics and Journalism students.
You can browse the different volumes of the publication, check the table of content and open the PDF of the relevant chapter. Alternatively enter your keywords to retrieve all the documents, included in the Annual Register, that focus on the topic of your research.