Richard Henry TAWNEY, economist. Member, official committees and commissions, President, Workers’ Educational Assistant, 1928-1944; Fellow, British Academy, 1935.
TAWNEY, Richard Henry was born in 1880 in Calcutta, India.
Bachelor of Arts University Oxford, 1903.
Economic historian whose Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, elaborating the Weber thesis on the Protestant ethic, is a major work of scholarship which has had an inspiring effect on generations of readers. A pioneer member of the Fabian society, his Acquisitive Society and Equality are fundamental statements of opposition to the moral values of capitalism and class privelege. Assistant, University Glasgow, 1906-1908.
Teacher, 1908-1914, Fellow Balliol College, Oxford, 1918-1921. Professor Economics History, London School of Economies and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 1931-1949.
Member, official committees and commissions, President, Workers’ Educational Assistant, 1928-1944. Fellow, British Academy, 1935.
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