How Long is an Era? Does Steampunk = Victorian?

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The Victorian Era refers to the reign of Queen Victoria which would be:

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“It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain.”

(John Wolffe (1997). Religion in Victorian Britain: Culture and empire. Volume V. Manchester University Press. pp. 129–30.)


Steampunk plots are often set in a time frame which roughly cover the reigns of both Victoria and Edward VII.

The reign of Edward VII was 1901-1910.


Remember that simply setting a story during this time period is not enough to make it Steampunk.

A Steampunk story includes anachronistic technologies. This means that technology from another time can be included.

Females are often given more freedom in a Steampunk story than what would have been commonly found during the Victorian-Edwardian Era.


So what is an Era, really?

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2 responses to “How Long is an Era? Does Steampunk = Victorian?

  1. wsmarble

    It could almost be any era….the Regency folks and earlier dabbled in steam vehicles. My son once asked me how the latest remake of The Three Musketeers was. I answered that it was pretty true to the book…right up until the moment the zeppelin crashed into Notre Dame. Then again, having a later period retrograde back to steam…steam planes, steam tanks…is also an exciting way to go. Steampunk samurai, steampunk astronauts, steampunk pilgrims….any era can work!

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