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Doctor Barnardo: Champion of Victorian Children Kindle Edition
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The author’s style is colloquial, which allows him to have one foot in the Victorian era and one in modernity. This should not be a problem, because at best it allows him to make historical curiosities intelligible to his audience. But it also reveals just where the author does not understand his subject. Having devoted a whole chapter to three court cases between Barnardo and Roman Catholic charities, the author gets no deeper than disregarding the affairs as Sectarianism. He cannot comprehend the religious convictions of Barnardo, the opposition or even the culture around them. This is not just a problem with regard to the court cases but in the book as a whole. Since Barnardo’s Christian motives are not a reality to the author, he fails to include them in his interpretation of him as a man.
The Victorian Christians are consigned to history as a necessary, well-meaning step towards the vastly superior modern welfare state. The comparison is often made, that nowadays we would do this, think that, or have that safeguard. But the author is disingenuous. For instance, he finds fault in the Barnardo fostering of British children in Canada without providing anything that resembles evidence.Read more ›
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