The Victorian Age

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The Victorian Age

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:12 pm

From 1837 to 1901, Queen Victoria was a great symbol in British life, and her reign was the longest known in history. She didn't really exercise political power. The Victorian ideals included duty, thrift, honesty, hard work, and respectability. People of different social statuses followed these ideals but some couldn't live up with them. Victoria held a strict code of morals and manners. She married a German prince which died in 1861. The era is often known as a long period of peace, also known as the Pax Britannica. During an early part of the age, the House of Commons,which was the lower house of the parliament of the United Kingdom, was headed by the two political parties, the Whigs and the Tories.In 1850s and onwards, the Whigs became Liberals and the Tories became the Conservatives. These parties were led by many statesmen.

The Tories were generally aristocrats who wanted to preserve older traditions. They supported the dominant Anglican Church. The Whigs, on the other hand, were more likely to reflect urban business interests and support religious toleration. Also there was a new era of: Culture, Events, Entertainment, Technology and engineering, Health and medicine, Poverty, and Child labor.

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