What the Victorians Did for Us

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Headline Book Pub Ltd

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When Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Britain was on the brink of world supremacy in the production of iron, steel and steam engines, and had seen an explosion of growth and development which included railways, the electric telegraph, cotton and wool production. The tremendous feeling of national pride and progress was celebrated in the Great Exhibition of 1851, promoted by the Queen's consort, Prince Albert. With his consummate story telling, Adam Hart-Davis -- who presented the highly acclaimed television series 'What the Victorians Did for Us' on which this book is based -- shows how the Victorian movers and shakers changed our world. Photography revealed the Queen to her subjects for the first time; lavatories and proper sewers halted the epidemics of cholera and typhoid; railways carried London time or 'railway time' across the country and before the Queen died in 1901 came the telephone and the near-magic of X-rays and radioactivity. This dazzling array of speed merchants, inventors, pioneers and products truly transformed the world and is vividly brought to life in this book that charts a time of unprecedented cultural, scientific and technological change -- a time extraordinarily like our own. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Speed Merchantsp. 10
Playing Godp. 46
The Conquerorsp. 72
Pleasure Seekersp. 104
Health and Happinessp. 132
Rules of the Gamep. 158
Making it Bigp. 176
Crime and Punishmentp. 196
Places of Interestp. 218
Further Readingp. 220
Indexp. 221
Picture Creditsp. 224
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