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Making English Morals : Voluntary Association and Moral Reform in England, 1787-1886 - M. J. D. Roberts

Making English Morals

Voluntary Association and Moral Reform in England, 1787-1886

Hardcover Published: 9th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521833899
Number Of Pages: 336

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Campaigns for moral reform were a recurrent and distinctive feature of public life in later Georgian and Victorian England. Anti-slavery, temperance, charity organisation, cruelty prevention, 'social purity' advocates, and more - all promoted their causes through mobilisation of citizen volunteer support. This book sets out to explore the world of these volunteer networks, their foci of concern, their patterns of recruitment, their methods of operation, and the responses they aroused. In its exploration of this culture of self-consciously altruistic associational effort, the book provides the first systematic survey of moral reform movements as a distinct tradition of citizen action over this period, as well as casting light on the formation of a middle-class culture torn, in this stage of economic and political nation-building, between acceptance of a market-organised society and unease about the cultural consequences of doing so. This is a revelatory book that is both compelling and accessible.

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"Roberts has performed a valuable service...[A] solid, stimulating book..." T.L. Crosby, Wheaton College, CHOICE "...this study is an important exploration of a form of civic engagement, outside the organized structures of government but within the wider polity." - American Historical Review, Penelope J. Corfield, University of London "This is an extremly fine and thoughtful book, based on an impressive range of sources...It is bursting wiht ideas and information based on a colossal amount of reading and research." Victorian Studies Susan Mumm, The Open University

Moral reform in the 1780s: the making of an agenda
âÇ The best means of national safetyâÇÖ : Moral reform in wartime, 1795âÇô1815
Taming the masses, 1815âÇô1834
From social control to self-control, 1834âÇô1857
Moral individualism: the renewal and reappraisal of an ideal, 1857âÇô1880
The late Victorian crisis of moral reform: the 1880s and after
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ISBN: 9780521833899
ISBN-10: 0521833892
Series: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 9th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.62

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