The Victorians: Culture and Experience in Britain, Europe and the World 1815-1914

An investigation of the Victorians, not just in Britain but in Europe and the wider world.

'Victorian' has come to stand for a particular set of values, perceptions and experiences, many of which were shared by people in a variety of different countries, from Russia to America, Spain to Scandinavia and reflected in the literature and culture of the nineteenth century, up to the outbreak of the First World War.
The focus of the lectures will be on identifying and analysing six key areas of the Victorian experience, looking at them in international perspective. The lectures will be illustrated and the visual material will form a key element in the presentations.

Throughout the series, we will be asking how far, in an age of growing nationalism and class conflict, the experiences of the Victorian era were common to different classes and countries across Europe and how far the political dominance of Britain, the world superpower of the day, was reflected in the spread of British culture and values to other parts of the world.

Past Lectures In This Series
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Time and Space

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 13 September 2010 - 12:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Art and Culture

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 4 October 2010 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Life and Death

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 13 December 2010 - 12:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 14 February 2011 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Religion and Science

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 14 March 2011 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Victorians: Empire and Race

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Monday, 11 April 2011 - 6:00PM