The Story of the People of England in the Nineteenth Century - Vol. 1

The Story of the People of England in the Nineteenth Century - Vol. 1

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The Story of the People of England in the Nineteenth Century - Vol. 1

The Story of the People of England in the Nineteenth Century - Vol. 1

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In this work my purpose is to give an account of the social and political development of England since the opening of the century. I do not attempt anything like a minute and detailed history of the events that followed each other during that time; and indeed my intention is rather to draw something like a picture than to give to my readers a chronicle and a record. I have endeavoured to describe each remarkable political and social development, and to group the statesmen and philanthropists of every order by whom each development was assisted in its progress.

I have, while keeping in view the order of historical succession, endeavoured to make the story of each great reform, political or social, a story complete in itself, and disentangled as far as possible from the cluster and confusion of events that were passing all around it, and exterior to it. The true history of England during that long period of marvellous growth will be found to be the history of the country's progress in education, in science, and in the conditions that tend to make life useful, healthful, and happy. Successive changes in administra-

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