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Political Science
POL 1201
Elizabeth Beaumont

On Liberty Historical Context Key Concepts: Individual liberty and individuality Social Tyranny Harm Principle Fallibility and perfectibility Anti-censorship Dead dogma v. living truth (and truth seeking) Diversity of opinion 19th Century Victorian England and the British Empire • Britain is the world "superpower", London is the largest, most spectacular city • The "bi-polar" industrial revolution: brings great new wealth to some while contributing to social ills: child labor in factories, prostitution, epidemics, drunkenness, begging, poorhouses, and dire poverty (Charles Dickens' novels) • Within England, there are rising demands for political and social reforms • By the end of Victoria's reign, Britain had acquired the largest empire ever seen: it extended over about 1/5 of the earth's surface and nearly 1/4 of the world population belonged to it (although this didn't go uncontested
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