1st Edition

Religion, Business and Wealth in Modern Britain

Edited By David Jeremy Copyright 1998

    The relationship of economics, capitalism and wealth to the ethics and morality of religion has intrigued and challenged policymakers, pressure groups, theologians, sociologists, economists and historians for centuries. Here David Jeremy addresses these questions in the context of modern Britain. His preliminary survey of historical controversies within religion and business, and the accompanying chronology of significant events since the 1770s are an extremely useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the field.

    Introduction: debates about interactions between religion, business and wealth in modern Britain Part I The relationship between religion and political economy 1 Christianity, secularisation and political economy 2 From canon to cannon fire: religion and economics, 1730–1850 Part II Nonconformists and wealth 3 Methodism and wealth, 1740–1860 4 Late-Victorian and Edwardian Methodist businessmen and wealth 5 The Wiener thesis vindicated: the onslaught of 1994 upon the reputation of John Rylands of Manchester 6 Max Weber, religion and the work ethic Part III Quakers and wealth 7 The Society of Friends and business culture, 1700–1830 8 Changing Quaker attitudes to wealth, 1690–1950 Part IV Ethnicity, religion and wealth 9 Ethnicity and money making in nineteenth-century Britain 10 The Weber thesis, ethnic minorities and British entrepreneurship 11 Ethnicity, religion and wealth: a commentary on the uses of Max Weber


    David J. Jeremy, Professor of Business History, The Manchester Metropolitan University.

    'this is an interesting collection of essays on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Britain.' - Crucible

    '...it is a good account of an era too easily ignored in the secular economic climate in which we live...' - Crucible