The de-moralization of society: from Victorian virtues to modern values

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Vintage Books, Jan 30, 1996 - History - 312 pages
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As the debate over values grows ever more divisive, one of the most eminent historians of the Victorian era reminds readers that values are no substitute for virtues--and that the Victorian considered hard work, thrift, respectability, and charity virtues essential to a worthwhile life. "An elegant, literate defense of ninteenth-century English mores and morals."--New York.

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Review: The De-moralization Of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values

User Review  - Mike Horne - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but a month later the thesis is hazy. Read full review

Review: The De-moralization Of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values

User Review  - Sherrill Hall - Goodreads

An interesting look at the Victorian definition of morals, were their ideas originated, and how that influenced subsequent times. Includes an apt description of defining deviancy down. Read full review

Contents

Prologue From Virtues to Values 3
21
Household Gods and Goddesses
53
Gain All You Can Give
143
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Gertrude Himmelfarb is the author of many books, including intellectual biographies of Acton, Darwin, and Mill; essays on the Victorians, including "Victorian Minds"; the social history studies "The Idea of Poverty" and "The De-Moralization of Society"; and reflections on contemporary culture, "On Looking into the Abyss" and "One Nation, Two Cultures".

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