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Building Jerusalem: Nonconformity, Labour and the Social Question in Wales, 1906-1939 (Hardback)
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Building Jerusalem: Nonconformity, Labour and the Social Question in Wales, 1906-1939 (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 08/12/1997
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This volume examines the connections and conflicts between socialist politics, trade unions and the Church. Much of the social and industrial history written between 1975 and 1997 has presented the working-class culture of early 20th-century Wales in terms of a thirst for knowledge that was secular, economic and political. The emphasis has been on the influence of the union lodge and the working man's institute, and the high priority given to sport and the public house. It seems odd that little attention has been given to religion, and despite the fact that the 1904-5 revival brought many thousands into contact with the chapel. This study looks at the relationship between the Labour movement and the Nonconformist chapels, and assesses whether the evidence does in fact support claims of a massive exodus from the chapels into the Labour movement, with the latter taking the lead in addressing the social and personal needs of the working class. Robert Pope argues that the role of the chapel has been underestimated and that it retained a significant hold on community life during the early part of the 20th century.

Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 9780708314135
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a book which will command respect and attention from all working in the field.--Alan Argent "Congregational History Circle "
This book is to be applauded for its synthesis of familiar general history with the interior life of the Nonconformist community.--David Bebbington "Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society "
A fascinating depiction of a unique if tense and ambiguous relationship.--Ian Machin "Welsh History Review "
This work is original, well-informed, and a valuable addition to our knowledge of modern Wales.--Professor John Kent "The Expository Times "

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