The Victorians

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 724 pages
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The nineteenth century saw greater changes than any previous era: in the ways nations and societies were organized, in scientific knowledge, and in nonreligious intellectual development. The crucial players in this drama were the British, who invented both capitalism and imperialism and were incomparably the richest, most important investors in the developing world. In this sense, England's position has strong resemblances to America's in the late twentieth century.

As one of our most accomplished biographers and novelists, A. N. Wilson has a keen eye for a good story, and in this spectacular work he singles out those writers, statesmen, scientists, philosophers, and soldiers whose lives illuminate so grand and revolutionary a history: Darwin, Marx, Gladstone, Christina Rossetti, Gordon, Cardinal Newman, George Eliot, Kipling. Wilson's accomplishment in this book is to explain through these signature lives how Victorian England started a revolution that still hasn't ended.
 

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Comes highly recommended...I'm told not to be intimidated by its length, as it moves quickly, and it ties Victorian novels in a lot, which I love. Read full review

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Andrew Norman Wilson wrote a book Eminent Victorians and so did Lytton Strachey, but in the early 1900s, thereby confirming Strachey as an Eminent Victorian himself. However Wilson’s prose makes for ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
The Victorians
5
Early Victorian
7
The Little Old Woman Britannia
9
Victorias Inheritance
24
The Charter
34
Typhoon Coming On
48
The Age of Peel
58
Gladstones First Premiership
343
The Side of the Angels
365
The End of Lord Beaconsfield
385
The Devils Wagner Dostoyevsky Gilbert and Sullivan
409
Country Parishes Kilvert Barnes Hardy
425
The EighteenEighties
435
A Crazy Decade
437
The Plight of the Poor
441

Famine in Ireland
74
The Victorians in Italy
84
Doubt
93
Mesmerism
103
John Stuart Mills Boiled Egg
108
The Failed Revolution
113
The EighteenFifties
121
The Great Exhibition
123
Marx Ruskin PreRaphaelites
151
The Crimean War
175
India 18579
201
Clinging to Life
224
The EighteenSixties
245
The Beloved Uncle Tom and Governor Eyre
247
The World of School
273
Charles Kingsley and The WaterBabies
295
Goblin Market and the Cause
305
Wonderland
322
Some Deaths
330
The EighteenSeventies
341
The Rise of Parnell
451
The Fourth Estate Gordon of Khartoum The Maiden Tribute of Babylon
461
Politics of the Late 1880s
478
Into Africa
486
Kiplings India
493
Jubilee and the Munshi
502
The Dock Strike
508
The Scarlet Thread of Murder
521
The Fall of Parnell
530
The EighteenNineties
537
The Victorian Way of Death
539
Appearance and Reality
548
Utopia The Decline of the Aristocracy
572
The Boer War
597
Vale
614
Notes
621
Bibliography
659
Index
688
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About the author (2004)

A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.

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