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Visionary Religion and Radicalism in Early Industrial England
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Visionary Religion and Radicalism in Early Industrial England: From Southcott to Socialism

Philip Lockley


The millenarian movement founded by Joanna Southcott (1750-1814), enjoyed a complex relationship with political radicalism in early nineteenth-century England. Southcott opposed radicalism during her lifetime, encouraging her followers to await a messianic agent of the millennium, called Shiloh. By the 1830s – close to two decades after Southcott’s dramatic death expecting to give birth to the Shiloh – a section of surviving Southcottians were noted radicals, anticipating the millennium’s appearance through radical reform, trades unionism and Robert Owen’s socialism. This book presents a new e ... More

Keywords: Agency, Richard Carlile, millenarianism, radicalism, Robert Owen, James Elishama Smith, socialism, Joanna Southcott, Zion Ward, John Wroe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199663873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Lockley, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford

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