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Rappaport wisely does not attempt, nor claim to have written, an encyclopedic work covering either Victoria's long life or the cultural and social impact she had on England and its global empire. This companion is part of ABC-CLIO's "Biographical Companions" series, which profiles people who have had significant impact on the social, political, and cultural development of the Western world. It touches on Victoria's immediate family, friends, court, homes, and favorite leisure pursuits and on her views on divisive issues such as smoking, women's rights, and religion. Entries are augmented by a chronology, a subject index, and a selective 12-page bibliography divided into primary and secondary sources. A genealogical chart would have been helpful to researchers unfamiliar with the tangled interrelations of Europe's royal families. For larger academic libraries attempting to augment undergraduate collections in European history, or large public libraries needing to provide history buffs with basic information about the queen and her era. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers and undergraduates. A. B. Johnson SUNY College at Cortland
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