|No one would want to argue that the Victorian era was perfect. But from it came many wonderful qualities that lasted for decades and touched the entire civilized world. We got from those days: duty, loyalty, morality, honor, and a sense of the wonderment of God. From that same period we got Darwinian evolution. So it would be impossible to say that all was perfect.|
Below is an analysis from Walter Hall in his book A History of England and the British Empire.
"During the long and wonderful reign of the good queen, a little island set the pace for all mankind in industry, in law, in elevating the character and the dignity of the poor, in the advance of true science, in spreading the gospel and Christianity and Parliamentary institutions in all parts of the earth. Distant lands were peopled with Anglo-Saxons, and the dread of war grew less. If one compares representative Victorians with famous Britons of earlier or later times, it is difficult to find in any age in English history a similar galaxy of distinguished men; and in view of their accomplishments not only in economic achievement but also in literature and science, in political and social morality, one must give highest rank to the Victorians."
From Wales, Scotland, and England, went hundreds if not thousands of medical missionaries and evangelists, especially to Africa and India. To these dark places on earth went the gospel, civilization, law, industry, medicine, railroads, and roads. Many in those countries now are unappreciative, they blast the Victorian era as oppressive; they label this period the colonial period, not counting the blessings that came forth from England to help their people. Again, the Victorian age was not perfect but it did overall spread the truth of the Word of God, and light, to those who sat in darkened paganism! It is important to know history in order to understand where we are today. – Dr. Mal Couch