Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawney

Required reading for anyone interested in the sociology of religion. In one of the true classics of twentieth-century political economy, R. H. Tawney ( and addresses the question of how religion has affected social and economic practices.

The author tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace. In so doing, the book offers an incisive analysis of the morals and mores of contemporary Western culture. Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (1926) is more pertinent now than ever, as today the dividing line between the spheres of religion and secular business is shifting, blending ethical considerations with the motivations of the marketplace.

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334 pages in Hesperides Press paperback edition

ISBN 978-1406724189

R.H. Tawney

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