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All About History Book Of The VictoriansAll About History Book Of The Victorians

All About History Book Of The Victorians

All About History Book Of The Victorians 2nd Edition

Discover the era that changed a nation, through the lives of an iconic monarch and her subjects. During the course of Queen Victoria’s reign, Britain underwent such a remarkable period of upheaval that the nation’s influence extended to the furthest reaches of the globe.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to all about history book of the victorians 1837-1901

During the course of Queen Victoria’s reign, Britain underwent such a remarkable period of upheaval that the nation’s influence extended to the furthest reaches of the globe. With the advances of the Industrial Revolution, trade and production boomed, lending momentum to an expanding dominion. On her deathbed in 1901, Victoria could reflect on an empire on which the sun never set. At the height of the imperial century, a quarter of the world’s surface looked to her as their leader, not least the workforce toiling in her factories and shipyards. From the living conditions of Victoria’s poor to the careers of influential figures, from the personal life of a steely monarch to the advent of the Metropolitan Police, this new edition of Book of the Victorians will transport you to…

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victoria’s empire

The date was 22 January 1901 and the British Empire was the largest of any in human history, but the monarch who reigned over it would not live another day. As Queen Victoria lay dying in Osborne House on the Isle of Wight she looked back on a reign that spanned over 63 years. She had seen her empire grow from a collection of scattered isles, separated by vast plains of lands and insurmountable oceans, to the greatest the world had known. It had reached over India, plucked its riches and mounted the nation as the glimmering jewel in Victoria’s crown. It had butchered its way mercilessly across Africa at the cost of thousands of British corpses and countless natives who had tried in vain to stand in its way.…

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the scandalous rise of victoria

Never before had the coronation of a new British monarch drawn such incredible crowds. Aided by the new railways ploughing through the country, 400,000 people travelled to London to see their new ruler crowned. The streets were bursting with loyal subjects – men, women and children eager to catch a glimpse of the young queen. The Gold State Coach – which had been used for coronations since George IV – was a sight to behold, gleaming in the summer sun and drawn by eight magnificent cream horses.As it passed through the people, joyous shouts rang out and elegantly dressed ladies waved their handkerchiefs. All along the pavement were lines of foot and horse soldiers, while military bands played triumphant, celebratory music. Every seat was filled, every decorated balcony heavy with…

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victoria’s power and influence

“She bore no resemblance to her domineering uncles, and for that the public loved her”When Victoria ascended the throne, the monarchy was in a precarious position. Radicalists had grown in strength throughout the 18th and early-19th centuries, many of them calling for an end to the Crown. Meanwhile in Europe and its colonies, republicanism had taken hold, first with the American Revolution and then with the French. The power of the British monarchy had been in steady decline ever since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the Bill of Rights had made clear that the king or queen ruled only with the consent of Parliament. But it was the Reform Crisis of 1830-32, during which Victoria’s predecessor William IV refused to pass new reform acts, that caused support to plummet.…

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disraeli vs gladstone

Gladstone (right) rips Disraeli’s (left) first budget apart in the House of CommonsVictoria was less impressed with Gladstone, complaining that “he always addresses me as if I were a public meeting”From the very second they first met, they despised one another. Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a dilettante with gentlemanly pretensions, an author of critically mauled romantic fiction, and dinner party dandy who fancied himself as a politician. William Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a man of insufferable purpose, pious, abrasive, self-righteous and regarded as a ‘prig’ by those who knew him.“Their feud, from simmering resentment to all-out warfare, would change the shape of Britain and its Parliament”If the fey and theatrical Disraeli was an irresistible force, then the stony-faced Gladstone…

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industrial revolution timeline

Bridley’s original Bridgewater Canal aqueduct over the River IrwellThe first transport system BRITAIN 1761The transportation of heavy goods was vital for the Industrial Revolution to take hold. Canals – man-made rivers deep enough to take barges laden with cargo over long distances – were seen as the answer. The Duke of Bridgewater employed novice engineer James Bridley to construct a canal to carry coal from his mines in Lancashire to Manchester. Opened in 1761, it was a great success. More canals followed, resulting in a canal network that linked the major industrial centres of the country.Celebrated potter Josiah WedgwoodThe Etruria Works BRITAIN 1769Innovative potter and abolitionist Josiah Wedgwood opened his Etruria factory beside the route of the Trent and Mersey Canal. Though incomplete at the time, Wedgwood saw the value…

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