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Class and Religion in the Late Victorian City

1st Edition

By Hugh Mcleod


360 pages

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First published in 1974, this book describes the religion of the East End, the West End, and the suburbs of London, where each section of society – as well as a variety of immigrant groups – has its own quarters, its own institutions, its distinctive codes of behaviour. While the main focus is on ideas, or unconscious assumptions, rather than institutions, two chapters examine the part played by the churches in the life of Bethnal Green, a very poor district, and of Lewisham, a prosperous suburb, and a third provides a picture of the church-going habits of each part of the city.

The years 1880-1914 mark one of the most important transitions in English religious history. The latter part of the book examines the causes and consequences of these changes. This book will be of interest to students of history, and particularly those interested in issues of religion and class.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Classes and Places 2. Who Went to Church? 3. Working-Class London 4. The Church in the East End: Bethnal Green 5. The Suburbs 5. The Church in the Suburbs: Lewisham 7. The West End 8. The ‘Chaos’ 9. Some Implications; Tables; Maps; Diagram; Bibliography; Index

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Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century