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Introduction: Past and Present — the Case of Samuel Smiles’ Self Help

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In recent years politicians have extolled what they consider to be the virtues of Victorian values. They use the phrase as if the Victorian period were a smooth continuum from the ascension of the queen in 1837 to her death in 1901, but these years cover huge changes that make the early Victorian age quite different to the mid- or late Victorian one. We cannot therefore talk of Victorian values as if they were the same from the beginning to the end of the reign.

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Popular Culture Master Narrative Historical Specificity Credit Boom Victorian Period 
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