Carlyle and Mill: An Introduction to Victorian Thought

Carlyle and Mill: An Introduction to Victorian Thought

Carlyle and Mill: An Introduction to Victorian Thought

Carlyle and Mill: An Introduction to Victorian Thought

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The writer explains the quick exhaustion of the first edition of Carlyle and Mill by the greatly increased interest in Victorian England shown by the numerous significant monographs and general studies which have appeared since its publication in 1924. He welcomes the opportunity to make use of this material in a revised edition.

The passing of the fashion of belittling the Victorians makes it unnecessary to insist that they met courageously and resourcefully the first onslaught of problems which are still perplexing us, and proposed solutions upon which we have not notably improved. The purpose of this book is to make clearer and more vivid the relationship of the thought of the twentieth century to that of the nineteenth. A clue for guidance through the multitudinous and complex details involved in this undertaking has been found in a consideration of the relations of Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill, whose representative character was abundantly recognized by their contemporaries. Explanation of the sympathies and antipathies of these leaders of thought necessitates consideration of the political, economic, religious, and literary background of the period. The addition of a classified and interpreted bibliography will, it is hoped, invite the reader of this introductory work to a more detailed study of British civilization since the French . . .

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