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By Felicity Trotman

Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years, and in these years Britain replaced tremendously. 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 immense wealth and appalling poverty, devastating famine and struggle, and the distinction of existence in large urban slums and altering nation landscapes. those points of lifestyles have been defined in writing through newshounds, essayists, social commentators, poets and youngsters. Novels equivalent to Black attractiveness and The Water infants pricked the sense of right and wrong of the state. girls travelled: Florence Nightingale to the Crimea to reform nursing practices, Sarah Wilson to South Africa the place she was once the 1st lady warfare correspondent. Hippolyte Taine, the French historian and thinker, used to be fascinated with what he present in England, and Fredrick Engels constructed 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 incredible diversity of matters written via a variety of humans. It spans the size of Victoria’s reign and comprises an access for each day of the 12 months. well-known names and strange ones, from Victoria herself to the shy Anon, are all represented during this wealthy anthology.

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