To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?

Introduction The Victorians are renowned for their prudery and hypocrisy surrounding the topic of sexual relations.[1]During the 19th Century Western countries viewed sex as a controllable force to be contained within the boundary of marriage.[2] Sexual activities conducted outside of this window (that were drawn to public attention) were therefore under the scrutiny of theContinue reading “To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?”

Queen Victoria’s Proclamation, 1858

“We desire no extension of our present territorial possessions; and, while we will permit no aggression upon our dominions or our rights to be attempted with impunity, we shall sanction no encroachment on those of others. We shall respect the rights, dignity and honour of native Princes as our own; and we desire that they,Continue reading “Queen Victoria’s Proclamation, 1858”

Did industrialisation improve life for working people?

Introduction Britain’s Industrial Revolution between the late 18th and early 19th century created many social and economic changes[1] which, as Michael Anderson states, changed the lives of working people in different forms dependent on one’s birth place, gender, and their profession in terms of job role and location.[2] The development of factories brought with themContinue reading “Did industrialisation improve life for working people?”