Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837

Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837

Ben Wilson / Jan 19, 2020

Decency and Disorder The Age of Cant We all see the Victorians as a respectable well mannered and sober people yet a generation before Queen Victoria ascended the throne the British were notorious for their boisterous pastimes plain

  • Title: Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837
  • Author: Ben Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780571224692
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • We all see the Victorians as a respectable, well mannered and sober people, yet a generation before Queen Victoria ascended the throne, the British were notorious for their boisterous pastimes, plain speaking and drunkenness This book talks about the generation who grew up during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars.

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    1. This is a well written, and very interesting history of the early 19th century. The writing is engaging and full of detail and the whole thing holds together really well. One thing that struck me especially is how little times have changed, many of the concerns facing the middle classes of the period were exactly the same as today and even expressed in the same manner. Issues of public drunkenness, binge drinking, and the growth of 'fast food' diets among the working class as well as worries tha [...]

    2. Wonderful history of the war between cant and pleasure before the Victorian age. It's amazing what he fits in here--the rise of the cult of sensibility, the war against the poor (work houses, etc.), changing attitudes towards policing, etc. It is well-written and fun. But he is serious when it is called for as when he points out the hypocrisies of the time--the rich holding one standard for themselves and another for the poor. I highly recommend.

    3. I bought this book because I was interested in understanding how Britain evolved from the bawdy society of the Regency era and before to the staid Victorians of the later 1800's. Wilson tries to pin down this slippery subject, though as I read his book I had a sense of him snatching at butterflies, trying to hold on to enough of them for long enough to get a sense of the whole. Amidst his very high-brow writing style (as I read the book I kept thinking I was glad I didn't have to take one of my [...]

    4. I picked this up based on a review in The Economist, it's by a young up and coming British historian. Lots of fact and anecdote relating to the change in the British attitude towards various debaucheries that took place between the years cited in the title. Excellent backdrop for contemplating why a society might suddenly value thrift, propriety, and conformity in the face of external national threats (Napoleon in the Victorians' case, 9-11 in our own).There's not too much coverage of the "disse [...]

    5. A fascinating subject! There is an implication that today there is a movement in out culture to return to Victorian values and ostensibly because they were so darned moral. As author Ben Wilson examines the era we find a fascinating tendency towards hypocrisy and moral paranoia. There are some illuminating tidbits of history here which are interesting for anyone interested in the Victorian era and either how it influences our moral squeamishness today or informs of the culture from which some of [...]

    6. I was spellbound by this great piece of british history. It opened up a lot of things for me, particularly due to my interest in social constructionism, conformity, aesthetics, morality, etc. 'Cant' was a new term for me and I was surprised not to see much about that in the current literature. I felt that cant is the precursor of what we now call political correctness. Being an immigrant from India I feel that India is currently going through a similar phase, and feel quite nostalgic for certain [...]

    7. Very interesting history of England during the late Georgian and Regency periods, which explores the reasons values shifted in England from frank openness (and bawdiness) to the Victorian standards of maintaining the appearance of virtue and extreme sexual prudishness. I didn't always follow the author's arguments but I learned a lot.

    8. The best thing about this book is the cover. Confusing at times and downright dull at others, this is a very dry and meandering look at the UK from 1789 to 1837 (when Victoria took the throne.)

    9. Rather more dulce than utile. I.e you have to actually read this one if you want to acquire its thrust. The more American top-down-quicky-file-cabinet approach won't get it. After the French Revolution, the British upper-crust was scared witless of what had happened in France happening there.

    10. Ben Wilson offers an informative and witty biography of a historical era; it is a beautifully written and thoroughly researched book. It was a delightful piece of non-fiction!

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