Victorian era

  • victorian era
    1837–1901
    queen victoria 1887.jpg
    queen victoria by bassano (1887)
    preceded byregency era
    followed byedwardian era
    monarch(s)victoria
    leader(s)
    • lord melbourne
    • sir robert peel
    • lord john russell
    • lord derby
    • lord aberdeen
    • lord palmerston
    • benjamin disraeli
    • william ewart gladstone
    • lord salisbury
    • lord rosebery
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    in the history of the united kingdom, the victorian era was the period of queen victoria's reign, from 20 june 1837 until her death on 22 january 1901. the era followed the georgian period and preceded the edwardian period, and its later half overlaps with the first part of the belle Époque era of continental europe. in terms of moral sensibilities and political reforms, this period began with the passage of the reform act 1832. there was a strong religious drive for higher moral standards led by the nonconformist churches, such as the methodists, and the evangelical wing of the established church of england. britain's relations with the other great powers were driven by the colonial antagonism of the great game with russia, climaxing during the crimean war; a pax britannica of international free trade was maintained by the country's naval and industrial supremacy. britain embarked on global imperial expansion, particularly in asia and africa, which made the british empire the largest empire in history. national self-confidence peaked.[1]

    ideologically, the victorian era witnessed resistance to the rationalism that defined the georgian period and an increasing turn towards romanticism and even mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts.[2]

    domestically, the political agenda was increasingly liberal, with a number of shifts in the direction of gradual political reform, social reform, and the widening of the franchise. there were unprecedented demographic changes: the population of england and wales almost doubled from 16.8 million in 1851 to 30.5 million in 1901,[3] and scotland's population also rose rapidly, from 2.8 million in 1851 to 4.4 million in 1901. however, ireland's population decreased sharply, from 8.2 million in 1841 to less than 4.5 million in 1901, mostly due to emigration and the great famine.[4] between 1837 and 1901 about 15 million emigrated from great britain, mostly to the united states, canada, south africa, new zealand, and australia.[5]

    the two main political parties during the era remained the whigs/liberals and the conservatives; by its end, the labour party had formed as a distinct political entity. these parties were led by such prominent statesmen as lord melbourne, sir robert peel, lord derby, lord palmerston, benjamin disraeli, william gladstone, and lord salisbury. the unsolved problems relating to irish home rule played a great part in politics in the later victorian era, particularly in view of gladstone's determination to achieve a political settlement in ireland.

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Victorian era
1837–1901
Queen Victoria 1887.jpg
Preceded byRegency era
Followed byEdwardian era
Monarch(s)Victoria
Leader(s)
Periods in English history
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Timeline

In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. The era followed the Georgian period and preceded the Edwardian period, and its later half overlaps with the first part of the Belle Époque era of Continental Europe. In terms of moral sensibilities and political reforms, this period began with the passage of the Reform Act 1832. There was a strong religious drive for higher moral standards led by the nonconformist churches, such as the Methodists, and the Evangelical wing of the established Church of England. Britain's relations with the other Great Powers were driven by the colonial antagonism of the Great Game with Russia, climaxing during the Crimean War; a Pax Britannica of international free trade was maintained by the country's naval and industrial supremacy. Britain embarked on global imperial expansion, particularly in Asia and Africa, which made the British Empire the largest empire in history. National self-confidence peaked.[1]

Ideologically, the Victorian era witnessed resistance to the rationalism that defined the Georgian period and an increasing turn towards romanticism and even mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts.[2]

Domestically, the political agenda was increasingly liberal, with a number of shifts in the direction of gradual political reform, social reform, and the widening of the franchise. There were unprecedented demographic changes: the population of England and Wales almost doubled from 16.8 million in 1851 to 30.5 million in 1901,[3] and Scotland's population also rose rapidly, from 2.8 million in 1851 to 4.4 million in 1901. However, Ireland's population decreased sharply, from 8.2 million in 1841 to less than 4.5 million in 1901, mostly due to emigration and the Great Famine.[4] Between 1837 and 1901 about 15 million emigrated from Great Britain, mostly to the United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.[5]

The two main political parties during the era remained the Whigs/Liberals and the Conservatives; by its end, the Labour Party had formed as a distinct political entity. These parties were led by such prominent statesmen as Lord Melbourne, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Derby, Lord Palmerston, Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, and Lord Salisbury. The unsolved problems relating to Irish Home Rule played a great part in politics in the later Victorian era, particularly in view of Gladstone's determination to achieve a political settlement in Ireland.