Capitalists and Christians : business leaders and the churches in Britain, 1900-1960

David J. Jeremy

This is a study of the relationship between capitalism and Christianity in twentieth-century Britain. David Jeremy examines the collective biographies of three business elites in order to explore issues important to business and religion. How did the churches shape the thinking of future business leaders? What impact did Christianity have on big business? How has the participation of business people in religious life affected the major Protestant denominations? David Jeremy traces the development of business values in a formally Christian society; he shows how churchmen among business leaders related their faith to their business and the dilemmas this could entail; and he uncovers the varying parts played by businessmen from personal involvement in their local congregation to funding and organizing major denominations, or an interdenominational venture like the 1954 Billy Graham Crusade to London. Using a wide range of sources, including newspapers and journals, unpublished records, and interviews, Dr Jeremy has produced a thought-provoking analysis of a relationship that can be both tense and fruitful. His insights into the private faith and business ethics of leading entrepreneurs and businessmen are underpinned by intensive quantitative analysis. Capitalists and Christians is an invaluable study of the intertwining of two vital strands in twentieth-century British history.

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  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Business leaders and churches: issues and approaches
  • Part I. Contexts: Business structures, religious structures and business elites 1900-1960
  • Part II. Formations: Church views of business 1900-1960
  • Christian influence in the formation of business values, skills, and networks in British business elites 1900-1960
  • Part III. Advance or retreat? Christians in big business prologue. The numbers involved
  • The industrial sectors preferred
  • Christians in big business leadership before 1914
  • Christians in big business leadership between the wars
  • Churchmen in big business leadership during the 1940s and 1950s
  • Part IV. Mammon in the Temple: commercial men in the churches
  • Prologue
  • Businessmen in the church of England 1900-1960
  • The Methodist experience 1900-1960
  • Nonconformists and Celts 1900-1960
  • Interdenominational scenes 1900-1960
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: The hundred largest companies in 1907, 1935, and 1955
  • Sources
  • Index

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書名 Capitalists and Christians : business leaders and the churches in Britain, 1900-1960
著作者等 Jeremy, David J.
出版元 Clarendon Press;Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1990
ページ数 xvii, 491 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0198201214
NCID BA11307133
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス