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Tractarians and the 'Condition of England'
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Tractarians and the 'Condition of England': The Social and Political Thought of the Oxford Movement

S. A. Skinner

Abstract

This book challenges the conventional view of tractarianism as an episode in church history, and the assumption that tractarians had little interest in the social condition of England. It argues that, by a natural application of their theory of the church's primacy over the state, first-generation tractarians in fact directed a vigorous commentary against the iniquities of commercialism, political economy and the new poor law, and the condition of the labouring poor. This conclusion is derived in part from conventional sources for tractarian thought, such as manuscript, homiletic, and pamphlet ... More

Keywords: England, tractarianism, church history, commercialism, political economy, labouring poor, John Henry Newman, social novels, William Gresley, Francis Edward Paget

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273232.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. A. Skinner, author
Fellow of Balliol College and Lecturer in History, University of Oxford
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