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Religion and the New Liberalism: the Rowntree family, Quakerism, and social reform

Packer, Ian (2003) Religion and the New Liberalism: the Rowntree family, Quakerism, and social reform. Journal of British Studies, 42 (2). pp. 236-257. ISSN 0021-9371

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/345607

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Abstract

Religious historians have increasingly rejected the idea that Britain before World War I was a society in which religion played a small and diminishing role; however, the implications of this conclusion have not been fully worked out in approaches to politics in the current period. Packer argues that religious developments were, in fact, crucial in allowing the party to accept the leadership's wish to steer toward the New Liberalism. He further reviews some of the major themes in the current historiography on the relationship between politics and religion in the Edwardian era and uses the Rowntree family as a detailed example of the close connection between aspects of the New Liberalism.

Additional Information:Religious historians have increasingly rejected the idea that Britain before World War I was a society in which religion played a small and diminishing role; however, the implications of this conclusion have not been fully worked out in approaches to politics in the current period. Packer argues that religious developments were, in fact, crucial in allowing the party to accept the leadership's wish to steer toward the New Liberalism. He further reviews some of the major themes in the current historiography on the relationship between politics and religion in the Edwardian era and uses the Rowntree family as a detailed example of the close connection between aspects of the New Liberalism.
Keywords:Religion, social aspects of religion, Liberalism, Rowntree family, Quakerism, Edwardian England
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V620 Religious studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:683
Deposited On:25 Jun 2007

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