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The Victorians free pdf Who were the Victorians? Were they self-confident imperialists secure in the virtues of the home, and ruled by the values of authority, duty, religion and respectability? Or where they self-doubting and hypocritical prudes whose family life was authoritarian and loveless? Ever since Lytton Strachey mocked Florence Nightingale and General Gordon in Eminent Victorians, the reputation of the Victorians, and of what they stood for, has been the subject of vigorous debate. John Gardiner provides a fascinating guide to the changing reputation of the Victorians during the twentieth century. Different social, political and aesthetic values, two world wards, youth culture, nostalgia, new historical trends and the heritage industry have all affected the way we see the age and its men and women. The second half of the book shows how radically biographical accounts have changed over the last hundred years, exemplified by four archetypical Victorians: Charles Dickens, W.E Gladstone, Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria herself.

About John Gardiner

John Gardiner teaches at Queen Mary College, University of London.

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Author : John Gardiner
Publisher : Hambledon Continuum
Data Published : 01 April 2002
ISBN : 1852853859
EAN : 9781852853853
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 292 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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