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This subject is of interest and relevant to the Wiki's main subject for contrast's sake. In many ways, hippies were the antithesis of the Victorian's. Arguably equal parts of their philosophy has been lost to and retained by modern and future culture, with that which is lost, returned again to Victorian values

The term Victorian has acquired a range of connotations, including that of a particularly strict set of standards for sexual behaviour, often applied hypocritically. This is referred to as Victorian morality. Indeed, it is a mark of Victorian morality and the forces that crafted it to not merely equate but conflate sexuality with morals, when morals are more properly the word for what ethics studies.

Some phenomena of past times become associated with the last time in history in which they were seen, or were most prevalent, or were recorded with vividness by the media of the period, and this is true of the Victorian era as well. Child labour, for example, continued until the 1950s in some parts of Europe and the 1940s in the United States. It had been a part of all of history. But it was brought to life by the contemporary writer Charles Dickens and others, and became a part of the growing inequities and consequently politics of the divide between rich and poor.

The bourgeoisie expanded during this period due to industrialization's increased productivity and the invisible hand reaching out to skim off the profits. Nouveau riche to the established ruling class, they were eager to take on as many of its attributes as possible; while some of these were only imaginary, and others could only be taught to further generations by generations previous, some could be bought. These values drifted towards, as usual, where the graph lines of virtue, ease, vice and sheer coincidence coincide. The period was marked by the widespread cultivation of an outward appearance of dignity and restraint.

On the streets, however, were some of the very phenomena deplored by the dignified and restrained. This was no coincidence; the appearance and nature of propriety was both a reaction to and the cause of the widespread presence of prostitution, for example.

Child labour existed side-by-side with the placement of children on a pedestal on a plinth on a dais in art and poetry, and at the back of the room to be seen and not heard in real life drawing rooms.

European economies were infused with additional wealth by trade with colonies enforced and regulated by imperialism and the labour of the working classes for the other classes; the inequities between these countries and people persist until this day, but it is rare to find any now who would not see the practices then as exploitation.

Child labour and other issues were addressed with legislation during the period.

The period is perhaps essentially one of complex transitions, when the processes of industrialisation and urbanisation threw up new problems and generated increasingly conflicting views about how they should be addressed. The expression Victorian values thus may be two-edged.

Giving a little latitude to the words "better" and "worse", consider this impromptu comparison from Wikipedia circa 2004:
"Comparing the Victorian age to our own, it has been observed that whilst the Victorians pretended to be much better than they were, we pretend to be a lot worse than we are."


Notable cultural elements of the Victorian era include:

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Of particular interest is the decade of the 1890s, which saw the first attempts by English writers to adopt the methods and ideals of the French Wikipedia:symbolists.

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[[Wikipedia:Image:Palace.of.westminster.arp.jpg|thumb|The Wikipedia:Palace of Westminster was rebuilt in the Victorian era]] In the visual arts:

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