Britain 1871 CE

The British empire has expanded vastly under Queen Victoria.

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What is happening in Britain in 1871CE

For Britain, this period is known as the “Victorian Era”, named after the queen who has now sat on the throne since 1837 and who will continue to do so for three more decades. Her reign so far has seen the further expansion of the British empire in India (despite the British coming near to losing control in the Great Rebellion of 1857), and in Africa, in the Far East and in the Pacific. Britain’s economic influence reaches even further, with British financial power at work from South America to China. London is the commercial and financial capital of the world.

At home, Britain is now criss-crossed by a network of railways connecting the main towns. She has continued to see democratic political change, as well as the rise of a professional civil service, the appearance of elected local councils served by local government officials, the introduction to her cities of street lighting, clean water supplies, effective sewerage arrangements, large hospitals, more humane prisons, public parks, libraries, baths and a host of other civic amenities.

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