'A History of the British Nation' by AD Innes, 1912, published by TC & EC Jack, London

In some ways this is the most fascinating section of A History of the British Nation - its not the longest section of the book, but it gives a wonderful insight into the period - at least in part because when the author wrote the book many of the events he talks about were still quite recent. Events like the Boer War and the political upheaval under Victoria were still very fresh in the public's mind. Under Victoria the Empire reached its zenith, and the author certainly expresses support for the Empire and the 'benefits' it brought to the world in ways that would seem very politically incorrect today! For more, see our main Victorian History guide.

Young Queen Victoria