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By Felicity Trotman

Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years, and in these years Britain replaced vastly. not just have been there many medical and technological advances, corresponding 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 was once prepared opposed to a backdrop of huge wealth and appalling poverty, devastating famine and struggle, and the distinction of lifestyles in large urban slums and altering nation landscapes. those features of existence have been defined in writing by means of newshounds, essayists, social commentators, poets and kids. Novels comparable to Black good looks and The Water infants pricked the judgment of right and wrong of the country. ladies travelled: Florence Nightingale to the Crimea to reform nursing practices, Sarah Wilson to South Africa the place she was once the 1st woman battle correspondent. Hippolyte Taine, the French historian and thinker, used to be thinking about what he present in England, and Fredrick Engels built a lot of his political thought due to operating in his family’s cotton mill in Manchester. A yr within the lifetime of Victorian Britain covers an immense variety of topics written via quite a lot of humans. It spans the size of Victoria’s reign and contains an access for each day of the 12 months. well-known names and unusual ones, from Victoria herself to the shy Anon, are all represented during this wealthy anthology.

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