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Victorian Britain Was "the Most Innovative, Advanced, Sophisticated and Prosperous Economy on the Planet"



(p. A19) Britain rose to global power over a long 18th century that began in 1688 with the Glorious Revolution and closed at Waterloo in 1815. Decline marked the 20th century, especially with the loss of both empire and commercial dynamism under the strain of two world wars. David Cannadine's "Victorious Century" charts the period between--one in which Britain could be seen as the most innovative, advanced, sophisticated and prosperous economy on the planet.


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Mr. Cannadine presents the liberal spirit of progress as the hero of his tale. It guided Britain through conflicts, social disparities and political transitions while pointing toward a better society.



For the full review, see:

William Anthony Hay. "BOOKSHELF; The Spirit of Progress; Britain managed to balance change and continuity as turmoil and revolution overtook the Continent. Still, the change proved decisive." The Wall Street Journal (Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018): A19.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the review has the date Feb. 19, 2018, and has the title "BOOKSHELF; Review: The U.K.'s 'Victorious Century'; Britain managed to balance change and continuity as turmoil and revolution overtook the Continent. Still, the change proved decisive.")


The book under review, is:

Cannadine, David. Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906, The Penguin History of Britain. New York: Viking, 2017.






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