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Queen Victoria (British History in Perspective) Paperback – 28 Apr 2003


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'Wise, based on extensive research, and blissfully concise, Queen Victoria is richly illuminating on both her political and personal life. For scholars, students as well as for those who enjoy a good read, this is a book to be savored.' - Peter Stansky, Stanford University 'Professor Arnstein is to be congratulated on the admirable clarity and brevity of his text.' - Kim Reynolds, Research Editor, New Dictionary of National Biography 'Excellent up-to-date concise study of Victoria and her reign.' - Sarah Richardson, University of Warwick 'His book is distinguished by its fairness and cogency.' - Brad Hooper, Booklist 'The book is not too long yet is rich in information about Victoria's personal life and about her reign...' - Sally Weeks, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette 'This is a sharply observed and excellently written book.' - History Today 'Arnstein has clearly succeeded in his aim of providing a succinct and up-to-date overview of Victoria's life which brings her firmly back into the mainstream of Victorian history from which she has been marginalised for too long.' - Roland Quinault, The English Historical Review 'The first royal biography written by a professional historian is Arnstein: Queen Victoria ... an outstanding and pioneering example of how historically-informed royal biography can - and should - be written for the modern period.' - David Cannadine, Historical Research 'For readers seeking a compact life of Queen Victoria, this biography is just the thing.' - Stanley Weintraub, The Historian 'The greatest strength of this particular treatment of Victoria's life is that it is useful for a wide audience. Experts will read it with informed pleasure. General readers will be fascinated by the almost endless array of pageant and drama that was nineteenth century Britain, presented in a seemingly effortless style.' - History: Reviews of New Books 'The book amply reflects Professor Arnstein's deep knowledge of the Victorian era - the product of many years of teaching and research. Consequently the activities of Victoria and her circle are not just ably narrated but also clearly contextualized.' - English Historical Review 'The first royal biography written by a professional historian...and as such Queen Victoria is an outstanding and pioneering example of how historically-informed royal biography can - and should - be written for the modern period.' - Professor David Cannadine, University of London, UK 'At last scholars and students of nineteenth-century British history, and those simply interested in Victorian England, have a concise but comprehensive biography of Queen Victoria, a biography that skillfully integrates her personal life with that of her historical period...Such lively writing, careful scholarship, comprehensive scope, and fresh interpretations, all within a concise framework, suggest that Queen Victoria: A Biography will have as long a life in print as did its subject as ruler.' - Nancy Fix Anderson, Journal of British Studies

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WALTER L. ARNSTEIN is Professor Emeritus of History and Jubilee Professor Emeritus of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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A Short Biography of Queen Victoria 24 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Queen Victoria has more biographies written about her than any woman born after 1800. This biography takes note of the work done in the past and tries to fill in where the author thinks previous works have been lacking. She is a paradoxical monarch who is largely misunderstood. Becoming Queen in 1837 at the tender age of 18, her 64 year reign would span one of the greatest periods of cultural evolution in history. Europe was also unusually peaceful during this period. A shrewed politian, Victoria was the last British monarch to wield great authority. To help explain the "Victorian" zietgiest, a large portion is devoted to the relationship between Victoria and her Husband, Prince Albert. This book's greatest weakness is it's greatest asset: it is short (many other biographies are published in large volumes). At the expence of the druging details of history, he provides a biography that is both interesting and manageable. In the author's own words, he aims to "whet the readers appitite for more and to alert that same reader to the books and articles in which additional historical nourishment may be found." (p.13) A great book, an easy read; 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Drawing upon past studies and research 12 Jun 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Written by a Professor Emeritus of History of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Queen Victoria is an engaging expose of both the private and public life of the princess who inherited Britain's throne as a teenager and became the strong guiding figure and symbolic head of the largest empire in the world. Drawing upon past studies and research as well as Victoria's own writings to illuminate her not only as a ruler, but as a human being gripped by concerns ranging from gender roles and religion to political machinations and the state of Ireland. An excellently researched and presented portrayal of one of the strongest and most influential women of history.
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glimpse into a part of history 5 April 2008
By Donna F. Pitcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When you think of Queen Victoria, sometimes you visulize a cold and distant monarch. This book looks into to life of a very young queen and how her impact influenced a 3 generations. It will help the reader understand the English family and monarchy. Paced well and very enjoyable. It will be time well spent. Donna Pitcock
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant introduction to the subject 3 Mar 2013
By Bill Strunk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a small book for such a big subject, but Walter Arnstein expertly selects the best material to sketch the queen's life in a way that is both entertaining and authoritative. It's full of fascinating information. I didn't realize that as late as the 1820s the name Victoria was still an uncommon one in Britain, and that it sounded so foreign that bills were introduced in Parliament in the early 1830s to change the princess's name.
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Good Reading 3 May 2012
By Valerie B. Lull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I appreciate a good biography and I was not disappointed with this one. Volumes have been written about Queen Victoria and it can be quite daunting to go through them. After all Victoria reigned for 64 years so there is lots of material to cover. This author does a good job of synthesizing all this information into a fairly short biography that is easy to handle.

I was under the impression that Queen Victoria did nothing in her later years but sit at home and mourn for her husband Albert. Actually she was quite active in political matters and advising prime ministers and she traveled more than I realized. A lot of biographers talk about her early life, but she was quite active later in life too despite being in a continuous state of semi-mourning.

Anyone who is interested in royalty, especially in the 1800's would enjoy this book. It is easy to read and packed with good information. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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