By Felicity Trotman

Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years, and in these years Britain replaced drastically. not just have been there many medical and technological advances, equivalent 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 substantial wealth and appalling poverty, devastating famine and warfare, and the distinction of existence in large urban slums and altering state landscapes. those points of existence have been defined in writing by way of newshounds, essayists, social commentators, poets and youngsters. Novels corresponding to Black good looks and The Water infants pricked the judgment of right and wrong of the country. girls travelled: Florence Nightingale to the Crimea to reform nursing practices, Sarah Wilson to South Africa the place she was once the 1st girl conflict correspondent. Hippolyte Taine, the French historian and thinker, was once occupied with what he present in England, and Fredrick Engels built a lot of his political concept due to operating in his family’s cotton mill in Manchester. A 12 months within the lifetime of Victorian Britain covers a huge variety of matters written via quite a lot of humans. It spans the size of Victoria’s reign and comprises an access for each day of the yr. well-known names and strange ones, from Victoria herself to the shy Anon, are all represented during this wealthy anthology.

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