The Victorian Age is considered to be a time of relative peace for Britain, which is extraordinary considering it was at war for every year of this period. That shows how bloody history can be. It spans the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901. It was also a time of revolutionary science and invention. Some of the greatest inventions were created during this time, and it was this period when the theory of evolution gained recognition. The first and second Boer wars took place during this period, as did the Crimean War, and a large rebellion. This is a list of 10 things you’ll want to know about the Victorian Age.
1. Irish Potato Famine
The Irish Potato Famine devastated Ireland in 1845. 1 million people died, and another 1 million people emigrated in order to escape. The country’s population dropped between 20% to 25%, all this by 1952. The famine was caused by potato blight, a disease that infects potatoes. Since a whole third of Ireland’s population was dependent on potatoes in one way or another, it caused chaos for a lot of people. Many Irish people were left in diaspora because of this, and it enraged nationalists. Irish nationalism gained a serious boost from the disaster, and used it to spread their ideas.