The Making of Victorian Values: Decency & Dissent in Britain: 1789-1837.
This is a well-written study of the generation of Brits "born in the wake of the American and French revolutions" - the parents of the Victorians. Explores how crises can lead to change and realignment of society's values. Enjoy the journey from the libertine spirit inspired by Byron, Shelley, and the Romantics to the eventual victory of middle-class values as you learn about the hypochondriacs and cranks, the killjoys and dandies, rakes and priests, advocates and enemies of free speech, all dealing with the stunning development of Britain as the main world power. Witty and entertaining as well as instructive. Hb, dj. 445 pages. NY: 2007. NEW. $12.00