The Making of Victorian England

The Making of Victorian England

The Making of Victorian England

The Making of Victorian England

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This book is founded on the Ford lectures which I delivered at Oxford in 1960 and I would like to begin by thanking those who gave me that opportunity. Professor Richard Pares, whose untimely illness and death was one of the most severe blows historical scholarship in Britain has received for a very long time, once wrote that the invitation to give the Ford lectures was "the highest honour...an English historian can receive", meaning it is to be presumed that can be received by an historian working in the field of English history, for it is to English history that the Ford lectures are confined. I feel no disposition to quarrel with this statement, though I find it alarming; that, however, does not diminish my gratitude.

The lectures were delivered from notes not a complete text, and it has therefore been necessary to write them out in full before publication. At certain points I have gone into greater detail than I could have done in the time at my disposal, at some points I have done additional research to confirm or check what I said at the time of delivery and on some points I have changed my mind, particularly towards the end of Chapter VI. I have also, for convenience in reading, redistributed and redivided the matter at certain points. Most of what is covered in Chapters III and IV was originally in one lecture, part of Chapter VIII was originally in a lecture which included most of the material in Chapter VII, and the rest of Chapter VIII was combined with a summary which is now contained in Chapter IX. For this reason I think it is better to call my divisions chapters and not lectures; but I do not think that I have at any point substantially altered the argument. What I give here is to all intents and purposes what I gave in the Ford lectures at Oxford.

I have more than the usual reasons for wishing to thank those who have helped me in preparing this book and also for exonerating them from all responsibility for what appears in it. As is the case with other historians nowadays, I have been . . .

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