A Year in the Life of Victorian Britain by Felicity Trotman

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By Felicity Trotman

Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years, and in these years Britain replaced greatly. not just have been there many medical and technological advances, similar to the unfold of railways, a transatlantic telegraph cable and Darwin’s theories at the origins of guy, yet there have been additionally momentous social and cultural advancements, together with the development of women’s schooling and the founding of charities. This used to be ready opposed to a backdrop of gigantic wealth and appalling poverty, devastating famine and struggle, and the distinction of existence in large urban slums and altering kingdom landscapes. those points of lifestyles have been defined in writing by means of reporters, essayists, social commentators, poets and youngsters. Novels akin to Black attractiveness and The Water infants pricked the sense of right and wrong of the kingdom. ladies travelled: Florence Nightingale to the Crimea to reform nursing practices, Sarah Wilson to South Africa the place she was once the 1st girl battle correspondent. Hippolyte Taine, the French historian and thinker, used to be fascinated about what he present in England, and Fredrick Engels built a lot of his political thought because of operating in his family’s cotton mill in Manchester. A yr within the lifetime of Victorian Britain covers an incredible variety of topics written by means of a variety of humans. It spans the size of Victoria’s reign and contains an access for each day of the yr. well-known names and unexpected ones, from Victoria herself to the shy Anon, are all represented during this wealthy anthology.

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