The Common Reader

Reading whatever's interesting, whenever it was written. 'I rejoice to concur with the common reader.' Samuel Johnson

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The Common Reader 35 HN points 11 Oct 21
We are used to thinking about the nineteenth century or the Victorian period. But those boundaries are artificial. The world wasn’t very different in 1900 or 1901 than it had been before. The idea of the long nineteenth century isn’t very helpful either. Politically, the UK doesn’t fit neatly into these categories. This essay will argue for the period approximately 1841-1923 as the defining period of pre-twentieth century British politics.