Sir Arthur Helps and the Making of Victorianism (BOK)

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This study is the first treatment devoted to Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875), who was a prominent figure in the mid-Victorian world. Readers will discover that from the 1840s until his death, Helps was influential and well-known to many key figures: Carlyle, Ruskin, Froude and the Queen were among those who he befriended. In fact, it was almost certainly these relationships which Helps sought to protect by directing that the bulk of his private papers and correspondence be destroyed upon his death. Making use of extant primary and secondary sources, this book begins the process of recovering this once eminent Victorian. Helps did become a forgotten figure, but, nevertheless, during the course of his career he made notable impacts upon many areas of British life. At once a social activist and literary figure, Helps labored to promote social reform while also lifting his pen to educate his readers about the complexity of both societal problems and the difficulties inherent in adequately addressing them. He looked well beyond Britain as well: it would be Helps who authored a four volume history of the Spanish conquest of the New World, while developing unrivaled expertise on the history and practice of slavery in the Americas. As Clerk of the Privy Council, Helps played a decisive role in addressing the problems caused by the 'Cattle Plague' which shocked Britain in the middle of the 1860s. Most important, perhaps, it would be as Clerk that Helps served Queen Victoria not only as an informal confidant, but by making decisions which refashioned the monarchy's public image. The book, then, reintroduces Helps by documenting and assessing his contributions to Victorian Britain.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forlag
ISBN 9781443851534 Antall sider 251
Dimensjoner 16,3cm x 21,1cm x 2,3cm Vekt 454 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Stephen L. Keck
Emner og form Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Historiography