The Victorian Age

Classic Pamphlet

By D. C. Somervell, published 3rd June 2016

This Classic Pamphlet was published in 1937 (the centenary of the accession of Queen Victoria, who succeeded to the throne on June 20, 1837).

Synopsis of contents:

1. Is the Victorian Age a distinct 'period' of history?

Landmarks establishing its beginning: the Reform Bill, railways, other inventions, new leaders in literature and thought.

Marks the end of the period: ‘Black Week', foundation of the Labour Party, motors, the Harmsworth press, new prospects in art and music.

The dividing line between the Early and Later Victorian Ages: Franco-German war, loss of monopolies in industry and commerce, decline of birth rate, feminism, Bournemouth and Blackpool, organised games, death of Dickens, Ruskin and Whistler.

2. Evangelicalism;

Charges of hypocrisy and prudery; ugliness due to mechanisation. Causes sapping evangelicalism; the Oxford Movement; science; the ‘new hedonism.'

3. Utilitarianism,

Its dual character; Chadwick and public health; civil service and local government; a rejoinder to Mr Wingfield-Straford's indictment in The Victorian Tragedy. The place of Victorian England in world history.

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