Ms. Barton writes: "I am a 17-year-old student living in Shropshire, a central county on the Welsh border, England, studying for my A-levels in History, English Literature, French, and General Studies. In fact, my Victorian interest comes from my A-level history course, which has also provoked my interest in European affairs, 1815-1939, Italian Unification, and German Unification. I am interested in all historical periods and locations and hope to read history at one of the top British universities, beginning September 2001.

I am a member of The Historical Association of Great Britain and the British Association for Local History. Since I have a particular interest in the history and politics of the Victorian era, I chose to share some of my ideas on the topic with the wider world through the Victorian Web, from the Great Reform Act to reasons for Imperialist expansion. If you have any thoughts on my writing, please feel free to e-mail me at

Added April 2000