Queen Victoria's Empire
Series Description: At the time of Queen Victoria's birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. QUEEN VICTORIA'S EMPIRE is both the story of this remarkable time, and an engaging portrait of a queen who ruled over a fifth of the world's population. It is the story of influential figures that would shape a distinctively British imperialism; Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes and Prince Albert, Victoria's husband. Whether driven by profit, passion or noble deeds, these figures would fuel expansion unequaled in history, forever changing Britain and the lands it controlled. Personal accounts, lush reenactments and evocative cinematography from former outposts of the Enpire, inlcuding Africa and India, recount the dramatic clash of personalities and cultures that would drive Victoria's remarkable 64-year reign.
Urban migration and other changes brought to Britain by the industrial revolution are explored. [116 minutes]
By 1861 Britain is the world's most powerful nation but the death of Prince Albert weakens Victoria. [116 minutes]