Understanding the Victorians: Politics, Culture and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2nd New edition)

Understanding the Victorians: Politics, Culture and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2nd New edition)

By: Susie L. Steinbach (author)Paperback

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Understanding the Victorians paints a vivid portrait of this era of dramatic change, combining broad survey with close analysis and introducing students to the critical debates taking place among historians today. Encompassing all of Great Britain and Ireland over the whole of the Victorian period, it gives prominence to social and cultural topics alongside politics and economics and emphasises class, gender, and racial and imperial positioning as constitutive of human relations. This second edition is fully updated throughout, containing a new chapter on leisure in the Victorian period, the most recent historiographical research in Victorian Studies, and enhanced coverage of imperialism and working-class life. Starting with the Queen Caroline Affair in 1820 and coming up to the start of World War I in 1914, Susie L. Steinbach uses thematic chapters to discuss and evaluate topics such as politics, imperialism, the economy, class, gender, the monarchy, arts and entertainment, religion, sexuality, religion, and science. There are also three chapters on space, consumption, and the law, topics rarely covered at this introductory level. With a clear introduction outlining the key themes of the period, a detailed timeline, and suggestions for further reading and relevant internet resources, this is the ideal companion for all students of the nineteenth century.

About Author

Susie L. Steinbach is Professor of History at Hamline University. She is the author of Women in England 1760-1914: A Social History (2004) and the editor of Millicent Garret Fawcett by her Contemporaries (2008), and has written widely on Victorian history, with a particular emphasis on gender and the law.


List of figures Preface to the second edition Acknowledgements Timeline `Playing on the Piano-forte': Introduction 1 - A `Green and Pleasant Land' of Cities and Slums: Space 2 - `Discussions on the subject of Reform': Politics 3 - Ruling the World: Imperialism 4 - Wealth and Poverty, Growth and Slumps: the Economy 5 - `Bristling with Shops': Consumption 6 - `Born into the Lower-Upper-Middle': Class 7 - `Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside': Leisure 8 - `A Common Cause with All the Females in This Kingdom': Gender 9 - A `Dignified Part': Monarchy 10 - `The Court Was Crowded All Day': Law 11 - `Good, Murderous Melodramas': Arts and Entertainment 12 - Marriage, Free Love and `Unnatural Crimes': Sexuality 13 - `Begin and End with the Church Whatever You Do Between-Whiles': Religion 14 - Vestiges and Origins: Science Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781138906105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9781138906105
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 1138906107
  • edition: 2nd New edition

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