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Wonderful history of the war between cant and pleasure before the Victorian age It s amazing what he fits in here the rise of the cult of sensibility, the war against the poor work houses, etc , changing attitudes towards policing, etc It is well written and fun But he is serious when it is called for as when he points out the hypocrisies of the time the rich holding one standard for themselves and another for the poor I highly recommend. (((READ E-PUB))) ⇻ The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837 ☜ Ben Wilson s The Making of Victorian Values is the history of an era rather like our own a time when dissenters and rebels were hemmed in by conformists and hardheaded authoritarians, a time when a nation on the eve of global domination fretted about its future It was, however, a period when those who argued that a British empire would be a disaster for liberty were eventually squashed by imperialists, just as those who railed against mindless materialism were in the end rolled over by industrialists and the promoters of luxury goods The Making of Victorian Values reveals an era when people were obsessed with the need to appear authentic, and yet forever had doubts about who was and who wasn t concerns familiar to the me age we know so well Wilson begins with the libertine spirit inspired by Byron, Shelley, and the Romantics he ends with the rise and eventual victory of stolid middle class values The result is a radical tour de force, a brilliant reworking of the pre Victorian age Once portrayed by Paul Johnson in his bestselling The Birth of the Modern as the years when virtue finally trumped corruption, Wilson reveals a far compelling story and a engrossing and scandalous one, too It is a story about hypochondriacs and cranks, killjoys and dandies, rakes and priests, advocates of free speech and those against it people who were made awe struck by Britain s emerging role as the economic and political powerhouse of the world, but who were also deeply anxious about the responsibilities a vast empire might require Wilson is heir to the great radical historians of the twentieth century, E J Hobsbawm and E P Thompson, among them He brushes aside scholarly politesse and refuses to join in unnecessary academic point settling, and his invigorating literary abilities will win many admirers who would otherwise know this history only through the works of nineteenth century fiction Interesting to visit the pre Victorian UK in an era of cultural revolution, when reformers tried to squelch drunkenness, prostitution, coarse language, etc Many of the forces at play then today it s pc political correctness Then, a post reform child told his grandmother not to use the word belly in public now maybe it would be the word Interesting to visit the pre Victorian UK in an era of cultural revolution, when reformers tried to squelch drunkenness, prostitution, coarse language, etc Many of the forces at play then there seem eerily familiar Should we give money to panhandlers or does that encourage indigence In those days there was the pejorative term cant today it s pc political correctness Then, a post reform child told his grandmother not to use the word belly in public now maybe it would be the word oriental The reform movements were partly inspired by post French Revolution fear of the riotous masses For example, reformers squelched festivals during which masked villagers would mock threaten their betters Also, there was a desire to mold the disorderly poor into productive proles for modern industry for example pre reform workers demanded to be provided with beer by their employers and took Mondays off as unofficial hangover holidays Ben Wilson swings the reader s sympathy back and forth from the resisters to the reformers On one hand you have the cruelty of a reformer s giant hamster wheel for prisoners and on the other you have reformers abolishing slavery One major difference between reformers then now is that many or most pre Victorian reformers were inspired by evangelical Christianity A bit repetitive, but otherwise very interesting I recall really enjoying this book and the ideas that it contained, the pages seemed to fly by I bought this book because I was interested in understanding how Britain evolved from the bawdy society of the Regency era and before to the staid Victorians of the later 1800 s Wilson tries to pin down this slippery subject, though as I read his book I had a sense of him snatching at butterflies, trying to hold on to enough of them for long enough to get a sense of the whole Amidst his very high brow writing style as I read the book I kept thinking I was glad I didn t have to take one of my I bought this book because I was interested in understanding how Britain evolved from the bawdy society of the Regency era and before to the staid Victorians of the later 1800 s Wilson tries to pin down this slippery subject, though as I read his book I had a sense of him snatching at butterflies, trying to hold on to enough of them for long enough to get a sense of the whole Amidst his very high brow writing style as I read the book I kept thinking I was glad I didn t have to take one of my kids Accelerated Reader tests on it I know my comprehension was down because of the sky high difficulty level I grasped a lot of anecdotal examples of a freer society before the 1820 s and a graduallyself regulated one after I can see that with the introduction of a regular police force, increased enforcement of Sabbath observance, the ballooning fashion of moral cant, and a crackdown on theriotous behaviors of the poor, that times were changing I recognize the rampant hypocrisy that Wilson was so quick to equate with moral reformers of today I resented his lack of objectivity on this And I understand that the insecurity of the Napoleonic Wars years caused a lot of philosophical re evaluation But even after reading this book, I would have a really difficult time writing an essay on the topic, What caused the value shift in England from the Regency to Victorian eras I picked this up based on a review in The Economist, it s by a young up and coming British historian Lots of fact and anecdote relating to the change in the British attitude towards various debaucheries that took place between the years cited in the title Excellent backdrop for contemplating why a society might suddenly value thrift, propriety, and conformity in the face of external national threats Napoleon in the Victorians case, 9 11 in our own.There s not too much coverage of the disse I picked this up based on a review in The Economist, it s by a young up and coming British historian Lots of fact and anecdote relating to the change in the British attitude towards various debaucheries that took place between the years cited in the title Excellent backdrop for contemplating why a society might suddenly value thrift, propriety, and conformity in the face of external national threats Napoleon in the Victorians case, 9 11 in our own.There s not too much coverage of the dissent faction, other than of the poet Byron and a couple practical minded parliamentarians A constant theme of the author is to pick out incidents that shed light on the difference between an honest concern for the less well enough and a pious officious interference with their limited pleasures A fascinating subject There is an implication that today there is a movement in out culture to return to Victorian values and ostensibly because they were so darned moral As author Ben Wilson examines the era we find a fascinating tendency towards hypocrisy and moral paranoia There are some illuminating tidbits of history here which are interesting for anyone interested in the Victorian era and either how it influences our moral squeamishness today or informs of the culture from which some of A fascinating subject There is an implication that today there is a movement in out culture to return to Victorian values and ostensibly because they were so darned moral As author Ben Wilson examines the era we find a fascinating tendency towards hypocrisy and moral paranoia There are some illuminating tidbits of history here which are interesting for anyone interested in the Victorian era and either how it influences our moral squeamishness today or informs of the culture from which some of our favorite authors, poets and murderers Sweeney Toddhe was a real dude come from What was it to be English How did it evolve Nifty I am only part way through Not as quick and fun to read as a novel but nifty Ciao I was spellbound by this great piece of british history It opened up a lot of things for me, particularly due to my interest in social constructionism, conformity, aesthetics, morality, etc Cant was a new term for me and I was surprised not to see much about that in the current literature I felt that cant is the precursor of what we now call political correctness Being an immigrant from India I feel that India is currently going through a similar phase, and feel quite nostalgic for certain I was spellbound by this great piece of british history It opened up a lot of things for me, particularly due to my interest in social constructionism, conformity, aesthetics, morality, etc Cant was a new term for me and I was surprised not to see much about that in the current literature I felt that cant is the precursor of what we now call political correctness Being an immigrant from India I feel that India is currently going through a similar phase, and feel quite nostalgic for certain things which were present when I was a kid.This book led me to his book on William Hone which was good Very interesting history of England during the late Georgian and Regency periods, which explores the reasons values shifted in England from frank openness and bawdiness to the Victorian standards of maintaining the appearance of virtue and extreme sexual prudishness I didn t always follow the author s arguments but I learned a lot.