Robert Owen and the Owenites were associated with the rise of an early industrial society in Britain and with the development of an agricultural, frontier society in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. This book, originally published in 1969, was the first to use both British and American source material, and tells the story of Robert Owen and the movement associated with his name, from the standpoint of comparative social and intellectual history.
The book directs new light on Owenism, and at the same time illuminates general problems of the history of social movements and social change in modern societies.
Part 1: Philanthropic Origins 1.1. The Dimensions of Poor Relief 1.2. Owenite Philanthropists Part 2: The Definition of Socialism 2.1. The Idea of Community 2.2. The Economy of Co-operation 3. A Science of Society Part 3: The Transmission of Owenism 3.1. Millennialism 3.2. Education Part 4: Building the New Moral World 4.1. Foundations: New Lanark 4.2. The Lost Communities Part 5: Anatomy of a Movement 5.1. Working-men Co-operators5.2. All Classes of All Nations Part 6: The Owenite Legacy 6.1. The Fading of Communtarian Vision 6.2. The Literature of Owenism