The Quakers: Money & Morals James Walvin

ISBN: 9780719557682

Published: February 1st 1999

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243 pages


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The Quakers: Money & Morals  by  James Walvin

The Quakers: Money & Morals by James Walvin
February 1st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 243 pages | ISBN: 9780719557682 | 8.27 Mb

Unless you happen to be a Quaker, most of your impressions of this particular sect probably come from books such as Friendly Persuasion--maybe even right off the side of a box of quick-cooking oats. Nowhere in the popular conception of these soberlyMoreUnless you happen to be a Quaker, most of your impressions of this particular sect probably come from books such as Friendly Persuasion--maybe even right off the side of a box of quick-cooking oats. Nowhere in the popular conception of these soberly clad, peaceable individuals who quaintly address each other as thou and thee is there a place for either religious zealotry or great wealth.

And yet, at one time or another in their history, the Quakers have known both. In The Quakers, historian James Walvin concentrates on the sects prodigious wealth and how they acquired it. Walvin suggests that, having banned music, art, dancing, and just about every other form of entertainment, the Quakers had both the time and the discipline to concentrate on business. A combination of individual self-abnegation and a well-connected worldwide community of fellow believers helped create such successful institutions as Barclays Bank, Lloyds of London, and Cadbury.

At the same time the Quakers were amassing great fortunes, they were committed to worthy social causes as well, chiefly the abolition of slavery. Walvins study of the culture and contradictions of 19th-century Quakerism provides insight into a little-known side of this religion.



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