The Nonconformist Revolution (Hardback)
Religious dissent, innovation and rebellion
The Nonconformist Revolution explores the evolution of dissenting thought and how Nonconformity shaped the transformation of England from a rural to an urban, industrialised society.
The foundations for the Industrial Revolution were in place from the late Middle Ages when the early development of manufacturing processes and changes in the structure of rural communities began to provide opportunities for economic and social advancement. Successive waves of Huguenot migrants and the influence of Northern European religious ideology also played an important role in this process. The Civil Wars would provide a catalyst for the dissemination of new ideas and help shape the emergence of a new English Protestantism and divergent dissident sects. The persecution which followed strengthened the Nonconformist cause, and for the early Quakers it intensified their unity and resilience, qualities which would prove to be invaluable for business.
In the years following the Restoration, Nonconformist ideas fuelled enlightened thought creating an environment for enterprise but also a desire for more radical change. Reformers seized on the plight of a working poor alienated by innovation and frustrated by false promises. The vision which was at first the spark for innovation would ignite revolution.
This is a fascinating book for definite, and took me back to my university days. A compelling read throughout and certainly a book I can see being aimed at the university sector as it would be of benefit both to students and teachers. The author Amanda Thomas has done a fantastic book making it very clear and well written, I have to say that at the back of the book there is a huge notes and bibliography section. There is also a number of family trees to help the reader further. So in conclusion this is a very good that I would happily recommend to others.UK Historian
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It's very well-researched – at the back there are 70 pages devoted to family trees, notes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index. A topic that could be rather dry becomes much more interesting and more readily understood when presented in an historical context, and that's a credit to the author. There's so much in this book, and yet just one sentence could light up a dark corner of your family tree.Lost Cousins
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Carol Keogh
Based on the exploration of the various non conformist religions which sprang up in Britain in the medieval period, the author writes what is essentially a specialist work but is easy to read and very well written. She is highly regarded in her field and is for anyone who is curious about life in this period especially the poor and disenfranchised. Highly recommend for educators, students and lay people.