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Understanding the Victorians : politics, culture and society in nineteenth-century Britain / Susie L. Steinbach.

Author/creator Steinbach, Susie author.
Format Book and Print
EditionSecond edition.
Publication Info Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
Descriptionxxix, 331 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Timeline -- "Playing on the piano-forte" : introduction -- A "green and pleasant land" of cities and slums : space -- "Discussions on the subject of reform" : politics -- Ruling the world : imperialism -- Wealth and poverty, growth and slumps : the economy -- "Bristling with shops" : consumption -- "Born into the lower-upper-middle" : class -- "Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside" : leisure -- "A common cause with all the females in this kingdom" : gender -- A "dignified part" : monarchy -- "The court was crowded all day" : law -- "Good, murderous melodramas" : arts and entertainment -- Marriage, free love and "unnatural crimes" : sexuality -- "Begin and end with the Church whatever you do between-whiles" : religion -- Vestiges and origins : science.
Scope and content "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. Beginning 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"--Provided by publisher.
General note"First published 2012"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2016002743
ISBN9781138906082 hardback alkaline paper
ISBN1138906085 hardback alkaline paper
ISBN1138906107 paperback alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book

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