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Summary The Making of Victorian Values Decency and Dissent in Britain 1789 1837

Ar authentic and yet forever had doubts about who was and who wasn't concerns familiar to the me age we know so well Wilson begins with the libertine spirit inspired by Byron Shelley and the Romantics; he ends with the rise and eventual victory of stolid middle class values The result is a radical tour de force a brilliant reworking of the pre Victorian age Once portrayed by Paul Johnson in his bestselling The Birth of the Modern as the years when virtue finally trumped corruption Wilson reveals a far compelling story and a engrossing and scandalous one too It is a story about hypochondriacs and cranks killjoys and dandi. I recall really enjoying this book and the ideas that it contained the pages seemed to fly by

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The Making of Victorian Values Decency and Dissent in Britain 1789 1837

Ben Wilson's The Making of Victorian Values is the history of an era rather like our own a time when dissenters and rebels were hemmed in by conformists and hardheaded authoritarians a time when a nation on the eve of global domination fretted about its future It was however a period when those who argued that a British empire would be a disaster for liberty were eventually suashed by imperialists just as those who railed against mindless materialism were in the end rolled over by industrialists and the promoters of luxury goods The Making of Victorian Values reveals an era when people were obsessed with the need to appe. This is a well written and very interesting history of the early 19th century The writing is engaging and full of detail and the whole thing holds together really well One thing that struck me especially is how little times have changed many of the concerns facing the middle classes of the period were exactly the same as today and even expressed in the same manner Issues of public drunkenness binge drinking and the growth of fast food diets among the working class as well as worries that increased unemployment was leading to an over reliance on benefits especially could have been taken directly from many contemporary media outlets While the solutions put forward to combat these issues were also identical to those being suggested today I m not sure if this is a good sign that the moral decay of the modern world is actually a constant concern but nonetheless it was fascinating reading

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Es rakes and priests advocates of free speech and those against it people who were made awe struck by Britain's emerging role as the economic and political powerhouse of the world but who were also deeply anxious about the responsibilities a vast empire might reuire Wilson is heir to the great radical historians of the twentieth century E J Hobsbawm and E P Thompson among them He brushes aside scholarly politesse and refuses to join in unnecessary academic point settling and his invigorating literary abilities will win many admirers who would otherwise know this history only through the works of nineteenth century fictio. A fascinating subject There is an implication that today there is a movement in out culture to return to Victorian values and ostensibly because they were so darned moral As author Ben Wilson examines the era we find a fascinating tendency towards hypocrisy and moral paranoia There are some illuminating tidbits of history here which are interesting for anyone interested in the Victorian era and either how it influences our moral sueamishness today or informs of the culture from which some of our favorite authors poets and murderers Sweeney Toddhe was a real dude come from What was it to be English How did it evolve Nifty I am only part way through Not as uick and fun to read as a novel but nifty Ciao


10 thoughts on “The Making of Victorian Values Decency and Dissent in Britain 1789 1837

  1. says:

    This is a well written and very interesting history of the early 19th century The writing is engaging and full of detail and the whole thing holds together really well One thing that struck me especially is how little times have changed many of the concerns facing the middle classes of the period were exactly the same as today and even expressed in the same manner Issues of public drunkenness binge drinking an

  2. says:

    Wonderful history of the war between cant and pleasure before the Victorian age It's amazing what he fits in here the rise of the cult of sensibility the war against the poor work houses etc changing attitudes towards policing etc It is well written and fun But he is serious when it is called for as when he points out the hypocrisies of the

  3. says:

    Interesting to visit the pre Victorian UK in an era of cultural revolution when reformers tried to suelch drunkenness prostitution coarse language etc Many of the forces at play then there seem eerily familiar Should we give money to panhandlers or does that encourage indigence? In those days there was the pejorative term 'cant'; today it's 'pc' political correctness Then a post reform child told his grandmother not to use the wor

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    A bit repetitive but otherwise very interesting

  5. says:

    I recall really enjoying this book and the ideas that it contained the pages seemed to fly by

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    I bought this book because I was interested in understanding how Britain evolved from the bawdy society of the Re

  7. says:

    I picked this up based on a review in The Economist it's by a young up and coming British historian Lots of fact and anecdote relating

  8. says:

    A fascinating subject There is an implication that today there is a movement in out culture to return to Victorian values and ostensibly because they were so darned moral As author Ben Wilson examines the era we find a fascinating tendency towards hypocrisy and moral paranoia There are some illuminating tidbits of history here whic

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    I was spellbound by this great piece of british history It opened up a lot of things for me particularly due to my interest in social constructionism conformity aesthetics morality etc 'Cant' was a new term for me and I was surprised not to see much about that in the current literature I felt that cant is the precursor of what we now call political correctness Being an immigrant from India I feel that India is currently going t

  10. says:

    Very interesting history of England during the late Georgian and Regency periods which explores the reasons values shifted in England from frank openness and bawdiness to the Victorian standards of maintaining the appearance of virtue and extreme sexual prudishness I didn't always follow the author's arguments but I learned a lot