The Victorians

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 724 pages
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A dramatic, revisionist panorama of an age whose material triumphs and spiritual crises prefigure our own. The nineteenth century saw greater changes than any previous era: in the ways nations and societies were organized; in scientific knowledge; in nonreligious intellectual development; and in capital and its consequences. The crucial players in this drama were the British, who invented both capitalism and imperialism and were incomparably the richest, hence the 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 these pages 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. 32 pages of b/w illustrations.
 

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An excellent overview of a historical era I had much to learn about. Good foundation for steampunk lit. A bit too fragmented, though. Read full review

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I got about 200 pages into this book, and I just couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't interesting, I wasn't learning anything, and Wilson's prose left something to be desired. I felt like he jumped all ... Read full review

Contents

The Little Old Woman Britannia
9
Victorias Inheritance
24
The Charter
34
Typhoon Coming On
48
The Age of Peel
58
Famine in Ireland
74
The Victorians in Italy
84
Doubt
93
The End of Lord Beaconsfield
385
The Devils Wagner Dostoyevsky Gilbert and Sullivan
409
Country Parishes Kilvert Barnes Hardy
425
A Crazy Decade
437
The Plight of the Poor
441
The Rise of Parnell
451
The Fourth Estate Gordon of Khartoum The Maiden Tribute of Babylon
461
Politics of the Late 1880s
478

Mesmerism
103
John Stuart Mills Boiled Egg
108
The Failed Revolution
113
The Great Exhibition
123
Marx Ruskin PreRaphaelites
151
The Crimean War
175
India 18579
201
Clinging to Life
224
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
Gladstones First Premiership
343
The Side of the Angels
365
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 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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A. N. WILSON is the author of biographies on Jesus, Milton, Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis and Dante. His acclaimed histories, The Victorians and God s Funeral, have made him an authority on Victorian-era Great Britain. A former columnist for the London Evening Standard, he now contributes to the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, the Spectator, the Observer and the Daily Mail.

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