Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society

Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society

by Thomas Adam
     
 

In Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society, Thomas Adam has assembled a comparative set of case studies that challenge long-held and little-studied assumptions about the modern development of philanthropy. Histories of philanthropy have often neglected European patterns of giving and the importance of financial patronage to the emergence of modern industrialized

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In Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society, Thomas Adam has assembled a comparative set of case studies that challenge long-held and little-studied assumptions about the modern development of philanthropy. Histories of philanthropy have often neglected European patterns of giving and the importance of financial patronage to the emergence of modern industrialized societies. It has long been assumed, for example, that Germany never developed civic traditions of philanthropy as in the United States. In truth, however, 19th-century German museums, art galleries, and social housing projects were not only privately founded and supported, they were also blueprints for the creation of similar public institutions in North America. The comparative method of the essays also reveals the extent to which the wealthy classes on both sides of the Atlantic defined themselves through their philanthropic activities.

Contributors are Thomas Adam, Maria Benjamin Baader, Karsten Borgmann, Tobias Brinkmann, Brett Fairbairn, Eckhardt Fuchs, David C. Hammack, Dieter Hoffmann, Simone Lässig, Margaret Eleanor Menninger, and Susannah Morris.

Editorial Reviews

Philanthropy UK Newsletter

"... I recommend it to anyone wondering about the validity of fundraising, as it positions philanthropy at the heart of many of the most exciting and important changes within society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." —Philanthropy UK Newsletter

H-German

"... view[ing] philanthropy not as an American but a European or even German invention... is one of the major insights..." —H-German

From the Publisher
"... view[ing] philanthropy not as an American but a European or even German invention... is one of the major insights..." —H-German

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253343130
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/22/2004
Series:
Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Adam is Assistant Professor of German and Transatlantic European History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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