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Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World

  title={Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World},
  author={Elaine Freedgood},
List of illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: the practice of paradise 1. Banishing panic: J. R. McCulloch, Harriet Martineau and the popularization of political economy 2. The rhetoric of visible hands: Edwin Chadwick, Florence Nightingale and the popularization of sanitary reform 3. Groundless optimism: regression in the service of the ego, England and empire in Victorian ballooning memoirs 4. The uses of pain: cultural masochism and the colonization of the future in Victorian… Expand
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