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HE History of the World during the Nineteenth Century has
no parallel in ancient or modern times, and is of absorbing interest to all who desire to appreciate and apprehend the age in which we live.
The Nineteenth Century is “the heir of all the ages.” Every period of history and department of knowledge have contributed to its experience and wisdom. The progress in every branch of science, art, and manufacture, has been unrivalled. Among ourselves, the adoption of Free Trade, the application of Steam Power to Ocean Navigation, Railway Locomotion, and our great Manufacturing Industries, the introduction of Cheap Postage, of the Telegraph, and lastly of a system of National Education have so wonderfully affected the physical and social condition of the people, that it is already difficult to realize the conditions of life in our own country at the beginning of this remarkable period.
Vast and momentous changes have taken place, not only in modern Europe, but over the whole civilized world. France has passed through revolutions and sanguinary wars, and is once more a Republic; Germany is now united under the iron rule of an Emperor; Italy has become a united and powerful kingdom ; Belgium an independent nation under a sovereign of the House of Coburg ; Denmark has been plundered of a portion of her territory ; Turkey has been compelled to cede a considerable portion of her dorninions ; Egypt has been erected into an all but independent principality, under the government of a Viceroy; and our own great dependency, India, has passed from the hands of a trading company under the Imperial rule of the British sovereign.
Slavery has been totally abolished in the British Colonies, Russia, and the United States. The formation, development, and progress of our Colonies
, in Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, the consolidation of the Canadian colonies with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into one Dominion, and the extension of the Indian Empire, have given a great impetus to trade and commerce by the interchange of their respective products and manufactures, advanced in some degree the arts of peace amongst the races of the Earth, and promoted the intercourse of nations.
To produce a History of the age in which we live, which will narrate the chief events, explain the great social movements and benevolent and philanthropic enterprises which have characterized the century, describe the manners and customs, amusements, and domestic life of the people, relate the triumphs of science and the achievements of art, and show how this country is connected in history, not only with the nations of Europe, but with every country on the face of the earth, is the aim of the Publisher. He believes that such a work will meet a want which is felt by a large body of the community, who desire to possess, in a compact and attractive form, a history of our own Century, as the best means of taking an accurate and comprehensive view of the great changes which are constantly taking place, and forming a sound judgment on all subjects affecting the future progress not only of this country but of the world. The history of a period which has witnessed such marvellous changes cannot fail to be both interesting and instructive.
The work will be illustrated with a Series of Forty-two Steel Engravings of Portraits of the most eminent Men of the Century, and of interesting Places and Events, and will be completed in Seven Divisions, handsomely bound in cloth, bevel boards and gilt edges, price Eight Shillings and Sixpence each ; or in Twenty-one Parts, each containing Two Steel Engravings and Eighty Pages of Letterpress, price Two Shillings each.