Enlightened Entrepreneurs: Business Ethics in Victorian Britain

Enlightened Entrepreneurs: Business Ethics in Victorian Britain

by Ian Bradley
     
 

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The Victorian values of Liberalism and nonconformity permeated all aspects of society, not excluding industry and business. This insightful study follows 10 remarkable Victorian industrialists who came from relatively humble origins and rose through hard work, inventiveness, and application to become among the richest and most influential men of their generation.

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The Victorian values of Liberalism and nonconformity permeated all aspects of society, not excluding industry and business. This insightful study follows 10 remarkable Victorian industrialists who came from relatively humble origins and rose through hard work, inventiveness, and application to become among the richest and most influential men of their generation. Each revolutionary showed an active and practical concern for his community and employees, providing them with housing, health care, education, recreation, and entertainment. For all their good deeds, these companies were also hugely profitable in the marketplace and include such household names as Cadburys, Colmans, Boots, and Unilever. This is the story of the rise of compassionate industry and the men who rode a wave of philanthropy to financial success.

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"All these Victorian paternalists are fascinating . . . Their philanthropy was indisputable."  —Financial Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745952710
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Bradley is the author of more than 30 books, including Believing in Britain, Colonies of Heaven, and The Penguin Book of Carols.

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