There Are Many Historical Reasons To Watch The ‘Downton Abbey’ TV Show

(‘Downton Abbey’ castle and cast, created by See-ming Lee, via Creative Commons (CC 2.0))


Most people like to indulge in a little televised drama from time to time. We at The Historian’s Hut want to make sure that you have reasons to binge watch a good show when the desire next arises. Therefore, we have compiled a list of historical excuses you may use to defend your tuning into reruns of ‘Downton Abbey.’

Historical Topics In ‘Downton Abbey’:

  • Late Ottoman Empire
  • Reform of the system of nobility and monarchy
  • World War I
  • Fall of monarchies around WWI
  • Trench warfare and new war technology
  • Women’s rights
  • Rise of socialism
  • Russian Revolution
  • Spread of Russian Revolution refugees
  • English and Irish tensions (Fenian Movement)
  • Catholic and Anglican religious tensions
  • Spanish Flu
  • Law reform
  • Stock market crashes
  • Childbirth dangers
  • Rise of makeup and cosmetics
  • New hairstyles
  • Homosexual rights (or lack thereof)
  • The ‘Roaring Twenties’ and the ‘flapper’ culture
  • Jazz music
  • Fertility medicine/treatments
  • Rise of interracial relationships
  • Abortions
  • Rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany
  • Rise of birth control
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Pranks of Horace de Vere Cole

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