Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

An English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist and important early proponent of adult education, R.H. Tawney made his reputation with the publication of this classic study on the ways in which religion has moulded the evolution of social and economic practice. Tracking the influence of religion on the capitalist economy since the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on Protestantism, the publication bemoans the division between commerce and social morality brought about by the Protestant Reformation. His early socialist ideologies and arguments for egalitarian politics in opposition to the ‘subordination of Christian teaching to the pursuit of material wealth’ have since been considered precursors to the birth of the Welfare State.

Yale University Press
R.H Tawney

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