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Title:
Victorian England
Author:
Swisher, Clarice, 1933-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
263 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737702217

9780737702200
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An anthology of essays on the period, in sections on Queen Victoria and the Victorian period, technology and medicine, daily life in Victorian England, social and cultural changes, and ideas that changed values, views, and events. Subjects discussed include child labor, the rise of a strong middle class, the Reform Acts, and educating women and the working class. Includes a chronology, and an introductory essay providing a general overview. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Summary

An anthology of essays on the period, in sections on Queen Victoria and the Victorian period, technology and medicine, daily life in Victorian England, social and cultural changes, and ideas that changed values, views, and events. Subjects discussed include child labor, the rise of a strong middle class, the Reform Acts, and educating women and the working class. Includes a chronology, and an introductory essay providing a general overview. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Booklist Review

Gr. 10^-12. Two volumes from the Turning Points in World History series present aspects of important periods in European history. Each book begins with a good introduction to the period, followed by about 20 thematic essays excerpted from books, an appendix of primary source documents, a chronology, and a bibliography for further reading. Victorian England includes essays on Queen Victoria's reign, the Great Exhibition of 1851, health and medicine, child labor in cotton mills, prison life, reactions to Darwin's theory of evolution, and changing attitudes toward the education of women and the working class. Individual topics discussed in Renaissance include everyday life, Neoplatonism, influential women, Northern Renaissance art, economic expansion and the merchant class, and the scientific revolution. Though most of the essays and excerpts presented in these volumes appear to have been written for an adult audience with some knowledge of the subject, academically able high school students may find the books useful for research. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A collection of 20 short essays or selections from notable experts and scholars, from the 19th century to the present, ranging from an anonymous 1832 report on child labor to 20th-century Margaret Drabble writing about the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851. Each section highlights significant aspects of England's politics, culture, and society during a time of great international influence, when British imperial holdings grew to encompass one-fourth of the world. New technologies, inventions, science, and medicine are discussed, as are typical routines of farmers, factory hands, miners, prisoners, and child mill workers. Great ideas of the period are explicated, including utilitarianism, reform, evolution, and positivism. "Social and Cultural Changes" anchor the final selection of essays on education of women and the working classes, societal expectations of middle and upper-class women, reading habits and mass culture, and sexual morality. This is a trustworthy research source, especially for students with little background about the period.-Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 10^-12. Two volumes from the Turning Points in World History series present aspects of important periods in European history. Each book begins with a good introduction to the period, followed by about 20 thematic essays excerpted from books, an appendix of primary source documents, a chronology, and a bibliography for further reading. Victorian England includes essays on Queen Victoria's reign, the Great Exhibition of 1851, health and medicine, child labor in cotton mills, prison life, reactions to Darwin's theory of evolution, and changing attitudes toward the education of women and the working class. Individual topics discussed in Renaissance include everyday life, Neoplatonism, influential women, Northern Renaissance art, economic expansion and the merchant class, and the scientific revolution. Though most of the essays and excerpts presented in these volumes appear to have been written for an adult audience with some knowledge of the subject, academically able high school students may find the books useful for research. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A collection of 20 short essays or selections from notable experts and scholars, from the 19th century to the present, ranging from an anonymous 1832 report on child labor to 20th-century Margaret Drabble writing about the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851. Each section highlights significant aspects of England's politics, culture, and society during a time of great international influence, when British imperial holdings grew to encompass one-fourth of the world. New technologies, inventions, science, and medicine are discussed, as are typical routines of farmers, factory hands, miners, prisoners, and child mill workers. Great ideas of the period are explicated, including utilitarianism, reform, evolution, and positivism. "Social and Cultural Changes" anchor the final selection of essays on education of women and the working classes, societal expectations of middle and upper-class women, reading habits and mass culture, and sexual morality. This is a trustworthy research source, especially for students with little background about the period.-Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Asa BriggsWalter E. HoughtonHilary Evans and Mary EvansT. Walter Wallbank and Alastair M. TaylorAlan BottMargaret DrabbleSally MitchellW.J. ReaderGeorge Macaulay TrevelyanPhilip PriestleyRichard D. AltickNorman GashDavid NewsomeNoel AnnanWilliam S. KnickerbockerCharles PetrieJohn W. DoddsPatricia AndersonJ.B. PriestleyAsa BriggsWalter E. HoughtonHilary Evans and Mary EvansT. Walter Wallbank and Alastair M. TaylorAlan BottMargaret DrabbleSally MitchellW.J. ReaderGeorge Macaulay TrevelyanPhilip PriestleyRichard D. AltickNorman GashDavid NewsomeNoel AnnanWilliam S. KnickerbockerCharles PetrieJohn W. DoddsPatricia AndersonJ.B. Priestley
Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Victorian Englandp. 11
Chapter 1 Queen Victoria and the Victorian Period
1. The Reign of Queen Victoriap. 32
2. An Age of Transitionp. 42
3. The Rise of a Strong Middle Classp. 50
Chapter 2 Inventions, Technology, and Medicine
1. New Technologies Fostered the Industrial Revolutionp. 58
2. Late Nineteenth-Century Inventionsp. 67
3. The Great Exhibitionp. 74
4. Health and Medicinep. 83
Chapter 3 Daily Life in Victorian England
1. Victorian Farmers and Farm Laborersp. 95
2. The Transition from Agriculture to Industryp. 104
3. Child Labor in the Cotton Millsp. 113
4. Life in Victorian Prisonsp. 119
Chapter 4 Ideas That Changed Values, Views, and Events
1. Bentham's Utilitarianismp. 130
2. The Reform Acts Expanded Democracyp. 137
3. The Theory of Evolution Challenged Creationismp. 147
4. Darwin Contributed to Religious Doubtp. 156
Chapter 5 Social and Cultural Changes
1. Educating Women and the Working Classp. 165
2. Victorian Women Expected to Be Idle and Ignorantp. 178
3. Victorian Reading Habits Reflected Popular Tastesp. 188
4. Pictorial Publications Created a Mass Culturep. 198
5. Double Standards in Middle-Class Sexual Moralityp. 210
Appendix of Documentsp. 221
Chronologyp. 248
For Further Researchp. 251
Works Consultedp. 253
Indexp. 254
Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Victorian Englandp. 11
Chapter 1 Queen Victoria and the Victorian Period
1. The Reign of Queen Victoriap. 32
2. An Age of Transitionp. 42
3. The Rise of a Strong Middle Classp. 50
Chapter 2 Inventions, Technology, and Medicine
1. New Technologies Fostered the Industrial Revolutionp. 58
2. Late Nineteenth-Century Inventionsp. 67
3. The Great Exhibitionp. 74
4. Health and Medicinep. 83
Chapter 3 Daily Life in Victorian England
1. Victorian Farmers and Farm Laborersp. 95
2. The Transition from Agriculture to Industryp. 104
3. Child Labor in the Cotton Millsp. 113
4. Life in Victorian Prisonsp. 119
Chapter 4 Ideas That Changed Values, Views, and Events
1. Bentham's Utilitarianismp. 130
2. The Reform Acts Expanded Democracyp. 137
3. The Theory of Evolution Challenged Creationismp. 147
4. Darwin Contributed to Religious Doubtp. 156
Chapter 5 Social and Cultural Changes
1. Educating Women and the Working Classp. 165
2. Victorian Women Expected to Be Idle and Ignorantp. 178
3. Victorian Reading Habits Reflected Popular Tastesp. 188
4. Pictorial Publications Created a Mass Culturep. 198
5. Double Standards in Middle-Class Sexual Moralityp. 210
Appendix of Documentsp. 221
Chronologyp. 248
For Further Researchp. 251
Works Consultedp. 253
Indexp. 254