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|ISBN:||0813524547 9780813524542 0813527589 9780813527581|
|Notes:||Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1997.|
|Description:||x, 310 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm|
Situated between the watershed of the French Revolution in 1789 and the fin-de-siecle, the Victorians' world was one of rapid change. Whether they greeted it with hope and exhilaration or with mounting apprehension, there was general acknowledgment among contemporary thinkers and commentators that they were destined to live in uncommonly stirring times. The Victorian intellectual world in full bloom counted among its luminaries Dickens, Carlyle, Eliot, Arnold, Ruskin, Southey, and Wordsworth. But it was also a time of unprecedented population growth, massive industrialization, and an acceleration in the pace of life due in part to improved transportation, especially the advent of the railway.
Darwinian theory shook people's religious beliefs and foreign competition threatened industry and agriculture. The defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy had created profound unease and political tension that lasted into Queen Victoria's reign. Even the books that the Victorians read and their interpretations of history reveal a conflict between unbounded belief in progress and a nostalgic yearning for the values of the past. The transformation of the world of the Victorians was social, cultural, intellectual, economic and political - in a sense, earth-shaking. David Newsome weaves all these strands of Victorian life into a compelling evocation of the spirit of a fascinating time that laid the foundation for the modern age.
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- Social change -- Historiography.
- World history -- Historiography.
- Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Historiography.
- Intellectual life.
- Diplomatic relations -- Historiography.
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- Social change -- Historiography
- World history -- Historiography