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Victorian People: A Reassessment of Persons and Themes, 1851-67

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This text looks at the people, ideas and events between the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Second Reform Act of 1867. From "John Arthur Roebuck and the Crimean War", and "Samuel Smiles and the Gospel of Work" to "Thomas Hughes and the Public Schools" and "Benjanmin Disraeli and the Leap in the Dark", Asa Briggs provides an assessment of Victorian achievements; and in doi ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 15th 1975 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1954)
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This book was one of my college texts, but I didn't start reading it until 16 years after I left school. While the book is reasonably entertaining, the author assumes some things about his audience that might not be true. They might not, for example, be familiar with Victorian British politics, literature, and society; they might not, as well, know both French and Latin in addition to English. And so he assumes that they do not want either footnotes or a bibliography. In all cases he is wrong.
This is a collection of biographical essays. Though a pelican book, a book written for, or appropriate for, a general reader, I found it a difficult book to read. Many simple facts are presumed known and the impact of certain historical events are not always given with the contextual significance spelled out. The book also presumes knowledge of a number of terms specific to parliamentary workings, and takes license to drop a few untranslated quotations in French (though the latter was more under ...more
Victorian People by Asa Briggs When I was told that I would be doing a book review on a piece of work by a historian that covered some sort of history between 1500 to 1900, I was positive that I wanted to read about the Victorian People. I have always had an interest in British society in the 19th century, especially during the mid-Victorian era between 1850 and 1870. Some of my favorite writers were greatly influenced by the Victorian culture such as Charles Dickens, Jules Verne and Arthur Cona ...more
Jude Brigley
I have always been intrigued by the Victorians and this book gives a great insight into some of the most important people of the time.
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Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs is a British historian, one of the most respected historians who has written on the Victorian era. In particular, his trilogy, Victorian People, Victorian Cities, and Victorian Things made a lasting mark on how historians view the nineteenth century. He was made a life peer in 1976.
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