"The Victorian era was a period of dramatic change that brought England to its highest point of development as a world power. The rapid growth of London, from a population of 2 million when Victoria came to the throne to one of 6.5 million by the time of Victoria's death, indicates the dramatic transition from a way of life based on the ownership of land to a modern urban economy. England experienced an enormous increase in wealth, but rapid and unregulated industrialization brought a host of social and economic problems."
Even today, the Victorian Era fascinates many. Steampunk, an ascetic that involves Victorian culture and fashion mixed with elements of science fiction, has become a genre of film and literature, a style of art and music, and even a distinct subculture. (Image by Wikimedia Commons)