Religion And The Rise Of Capitalism

Religion And The Rise Of Capitalism

by R. H. Tawney
     
 

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In one of the true classics of twentieth-century political economy, R. H. Tawney addresses the question of how religion has affected social and economic practices. He tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace.

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In one of the true classics of twentieth-century political economy, R. H. Tawney addresses the question of how religion has affected social and economic practices. He tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace. In so doing, the book offers an incisive analysis of the morals and mores of contemporary Western culture.

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism is more pertinent now than ever, as today the dividing line between the spheres of religion and secular business is shifting, blending ethical considerations with the motivations of the marketplace.

By examining the period that saw the transition from medieval to modern theories of social organization, Tawney clarifies the most pressing problems of the end of the century. In tough, muscular, richly varied prose, he tells an absorbing and meaningful story. And in his new introduction, which may well be a classic in its own right, Adam Seligman details Tawney’s background and the current status of academic thought on these issues, and he provides a comparative analysis of Tawney with Max Weber that will at once delight and inform readers.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“It is difficult to disagree with the humanity of his arguments.” —Raymond Williams

“Tawney [is] part of a tradition that gives us hope and vitality, and charts a way out of the trap of orthodoxy. Now is the time for that tradition to be rediscovered.” —Jon Cruddas, New Statesman

“Often admired but now rarely consulted, Tawney’s work deserves a spiritual revival.” —Eugene McCarraher

“A delightful piece of literature, as well as an authentic and scholarly treatise.” —Atlantic Monthly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781682388
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Series:
Verso World History Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
662 KB

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Meet the Author

R. H. Tawney (1880–1962) was an English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, Christian socialist and an important proponent of adult education.


From the Trade Paperback edition.