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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User Review  - woolgathering - LibraryThing

I have no idea if her history is accurate or if this woman is a total fruitcake, but I do know that I really enjoyed reading this book. Himmelfarb writes very well, and her unconventional approach to the Victorian era gave me another viewpoint to add to my existing ideas about that time. Read full review

THE DE-MORALIZATION OF SOCIETY: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The prominent historian of Victorian ideas here boldly links her scholarly research to contemporary cultural issues. Her not-so- hidden agenda is to provide the intellectual basis for a ``new ... Read full review


Prologue From Virtues to Values 3
Household Gods and Goddesses
Gain All You Can Give

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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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