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After Ruskin: The Social and Political Legacies of a Victorian Prophet, 1870–1920

Stuart Eagles

Abstract

Ruskin often disparaged attempts to alleviate conditions in the cities, yet he financed the pioneering early housing experiments of Octavia Hill in London, and established a museum for working men in Sheffield. At the same time, he strove to promote the rural ideal and inspired the revival of some rural handicrafts. Both a self-proclaimed ‘violent Tory of the old school’ and a ‘communist’, the paradoxical John Ruskin, the leading Victorian art and social critic, inspired a younger generation with his political ideas and social experiments. A wide range of individuals, consciously indebted to h ... More

Keywords: John Ruskin, social reform, political economy, British history, intellectual influence, Guild of St. George, Labour Party, university settlements, Whitehouse, institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602414.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Eagles, author