The Victorian age was a period of transition as Britain industrialized and society underwent profound changes. Here, contemporary voices provide students with an up-close look at this pivotal time.
• Presents and comments on 68 excerpts from primary documents of the Victorian era, 1837–1901
• Details selected topics—such as Victorian Ireland, Social Darwinism, the marriage market, and homosexuality—in numerous sidebars
• Points readers to books and websites that can expand their understanding of a document and relate it to themes and issues in modern life
• Suggests methods students can use to successfully incorporate the documents into school research and reading projects
• Includes a chronology listing important dates and events from the birth of Princess Victoria in 1819 to the end of the Boer War in 1902
About the Author
John A. Wagner, PhD, has taught classes in British and American history at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, and Phoenix College, in Phoenix, AZ.