Victorian Britain : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Patrick N. Allitt
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.
Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign. You'll discover the lives of Victorian women; the situation facing working people and the rise of trade unionism; Victorian achievements in art, literature, architecture, and music; and what Leonard Woolf called "the seriousness of games," and of leisure-time activities as windows on Victorian life.
You'll discuss the important role played by Christianity as a force for both principled adherence to tradition and principled pursuit of change; and the influence of science and the debates over its impact that animated the Victorians.
And you'll learn what the Victorians believed about education; the questions raised by Britain's rule over its empire, the problems of poverty and crime; the discoveries of Victorian explorers in Africa; and much more in this remarkable rendering of a remarkable age.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Very enjoyable course

What made the experience of listening to Victorian Britain the most enjoyable?

I loved the narrator, he has a nice English accent. I enjoyed when he imitated Queen Victoria's voice, that's hilarious :D

What did you like best about this story?

The whole course was extremely interesting. Lots of interesting facts and stories. I just loved it.

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- Alexandra


A really fantastic lecture series, interesting and very well spoken. It has been a pleasure to listen to. This has whetted my appetite for reading Victorian novelists.
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- Jade

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses