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

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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

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Himmelfarb, professor emeritus of history at CUNY and the author of several works on Victorian England, including most recently Poverty and Compassion: The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians (LJ ... 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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