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Richard Henry TAWNEY

Richard Henry TAWNEY, economist. Member, official committees and commissions, President, Workers’ Educational Assistant, 1928-1944; Fellow, British Academy, 1935.

Background

  • TAWNEY, Richard Henry was born in 1880 in Calcutta, India.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts University Oxford, 1903.

    Career

    • 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.

    Major achievements

    • Member, official committees and commissions, President, Workers’ Educational Assistant, 1928-1944. Fellow, British Academy, 1935.

    Works

    • Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics
    • This book confirms the idea put forth nearly a century and a half ago by Alexis de Tocqueville, that American democracy is rooted in civic voluntarism--citizens' involvement in family, work, school, and religion, as well as in their political participation as voters, campaigners, protesters, or community activists.
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    Died 1962
    (aged 82)