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Watchful Clothier

The Life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist

Watchful Clothier

The Life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist

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Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300169614
Number of Pages: 312
Published: 04/01/2013
Width: 16.6 cm
Height: 24 cm
A clothier and a deeply religious man, Joseph Ryder faithfully kept a diary from 1733 until his death, two and a half million words later, in 1768. Recently rediscovered and brilliantly interpreted by historian Matthew Kadane, Ryder's diary provides an illuminating, real-life perspective on the relationship between capitalism and Protestantism at a time when Britain was rapidly changing from a traditional to a modern society. It also provides fascinating insights on the early modern family, the birth of industrialization, the history of Puritanism, the origins of Unitarianism, melancholy, and the making of the British middle class.

Matthew Kadane

Matthew Kadane is an associate professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

"Kadane's analysis of Joseph Ryder's spiritual journal provides an absorbing case study of the complex and stressful relationship between the English puritan tradition, the demands of a burgeoning industrial capitalism and the challenge of rationalist religion. It offers a fresh perspective on the experience of the eighteenth century."--Keith Wrightson, Yale University

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