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Old May 15th, 2012, 05:59 AM   #1

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Books on Victorian Britain

I'm looking for some good books on the Victorian phase of British history, both on the history and society of the era. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I found this to be a good starting point :

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Appreciated, gentlemen.
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I really enjoyed "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson. I wouldn't call it serious history, and it isn't all about Victorian times either.

But it's a great book all the same, very enjoyable like all his books, and you will learn a lot about Victorian Britain from it.
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"The Victorians" A N Wilson

AN Wilson explains in his preface that he has tried to do what GM Young, author of Portrait of an Age, managed for a previous generation. In other words, he wants to write the kind of history that skips subject boundaries and treads lightly on the toes of specialists in its quest to produce a word picture of Britain in the 19th century. There is sharp irony in the fact that, after 30 years of salami-slicing among the British academic research community, no university historian would produce this kind of generous, confident and risky (because there will always be someone waiting to pick you up when you stray on to their patch) overview. Thus it is left to Wilson, a journalist and professional author - what the Victorians called "a bread scholar" - to attempt what used to be undertaken by dons like Young, WL Burn and Asa Briggs.
Review: The Victorians by AN Wilson | Books | The Guardian

Available for $AU16.85 (10.45 sterling) free p&h and handling world wide. Also other books recommended,quite cheap.

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Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Grey" or is that, Edwardian?
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Engels on Manchester, obviously, plus 'The Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone'. 'The Making of the English Working Class' and 'When was Wales?' are mostly relevant also.
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Originally Posted by Von Ranke View Post
I found this to be a good starting point :

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I would agree, probably the best introductory work.
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There have been a couple of recent books on Prince Albert you might find helpful:
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