Victorians at War Paperback – 23 Jun 2006
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."..despite some thought-provoking and insightful analysis, The Victorians at War is a missed opportunity. Beckett has assembled a large corpus of material that could have been fashioned into a major and welcome analysis on the politics of command in the Victorian army. Moreover, it could have taken the debate forward by providing a useful counterfoil to Edward M. Spiers's The Late Victorian Army, 1868-1902 (1992). This book instead remains a collection of essays that needed more editorial care and closer linkages. Despite the modern advances in electronic publishing, the book is littered with spelling mistakes and typographical errors. Some unnecessary repetition signals that despite the claim that many of the chapters were substantially rewritten, they may have been done so in haste however enjoyable they are to read." - Kent Fedorowich, Victorian Studies, Winter 2008--Sanford Lakoff
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This biography of George Hudson, the "Railway King" charts the rise and fall of the greatest capitalist in Victorian Britain. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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You probably also need Peacock's "Railway King 1800-1871" that comes in two volumes (!). Arniold think that Peacock is too negative about him, but Peacock has the missing detail, and part of Arnold's book seems almost lifted from Peacock (he does acknowledge his indebtedness). But the Peacock volumes are hard to find: I got Vol 2 in a local charity shop for 49p and had to pay £12 for Vol 1!
But the life story of Hudson is fascinating and probably a reason why my GGG Grandfather ended up in a debtors prison when his business went bankrupt in 1849.
In York he's overlooked - his 'enemy' George Leeman has a statue at the end of George Hudson Street in the city (between Lendal Bridge and the Railway Station) - sort of rubbing it in his face. You can trace the rise of Hudson in York: the drapers shop by the Minster, where he lived and the second railway station that was pierced through the medieval wall.
The book itself is very good, charting the technological developments, reforms, and conduct of the British army during the Victorian era.
The copy I bought was 2nd hand (from a library) and looked as if it were new
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I am not such a specialist in the Victorian era as to know whether any of Dr. Beckett's essays are revolutionary or innovative--whether his views on the extent of technological change in the Boer War, or the importance of the Stanhope Memorandum, have caused military historians to feast him at Oxford or burn him in effigy at Cambridge--but the essays are clearly written and very informative. And now I know why there is a grave in Latimer, near Chesham, in Buckinghamshire, that "contains the heart and trappings of a horse which... was ridden by General de Villebois-Mareuil at the Battle of Boshof, South Africa, 5 April 1900...."
I should add that I bought "Victorians At War" at a considerable discount from Labyrinth Books. $30 is a bit steep for a 272-page paperback.
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