The UK Bible Students
J.M. ROBERTS ON THE VICTORIAN MIDDLE
J.M. Roberts, History of the World (New
York: Oxford University Press; 1993; p. 627).
‘[Victorian] English middle class came to an
early share in political power as its continental counterparts had not and could
therefore use it to obtain change; it was not tempted to ally with revolution,
the recourse of desperate men to whom other avenues were closed.
But in any case
it does not seem that the English masses themselves were revolutionary.
rate, their failure to act in a revolutionary way has caused much distress to
later left-wing historians.
Whether this is because their sufferings were too
great, not great enough or whether simply there were too many differences
between different sections of the working class has been much disputed.
is at least worth noticing, as did contemporary visitors, that in England
traditional patterns of behaviour died hard; it was long to remain a country
with habits of deference to social superiors which much struck foreigners –