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The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns

The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108062398

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  • This three-volume study by the Scottish churchman and social reformer Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) is a revealing work of Christian morality as applied to urban economic theory. Having moved to Glasgow in 1815, Chalmers was given a free hand in 1819 for an experiment in urban ministry at the new parish of St John's in the poorest district of the city. His reforms improved education and reduced the need for institutional poor relief by dividing the area into manageable 'proportions' that were closely looked after by parish elders and deacons, reviving a traditional community spirit and promoting self-help. Although sometimes severe, Chalmers' system and this influential work, first published between 1821 and 1826, reflect Enlightenment optimism regarding human nature, suggesting the need for the Church of Scotland to respond actively to problems of urban industrialisation.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108062398
    • length: 1156 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 139 x 73 mm
    • weight: 1.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The advantage and possibility of assimilating a town to country parish
    2. On the influence of locality in towns
    3. Application of the principle of locality to the work of a Christian minister
    4. The effect of a locality in adding to the useful establishments of a town
    5. On church patronage
    6. On church patronage
    7. On church offices
    8. On Sabbath schools. Volume 2:
    9. On the relation that subsists between the Christian and the civic economy of large towns
    10. On the bearing which a right Christian economy has upon pauperism
    11. On the bearing which a right civic economy has upon pauperism
    12. On the present state and future prospects of pauperism in Glasgow
    13. On the difficulties and evils which adhere even to the best condition of Scottish pauperism
    14. On the likeliest means for the abolition of pauperism in England
    15. On the likeliest parliamentary means for the abolition of pauperism in England
    16. On the likeliest parochial means for the abolition of pauperism in England. Volume 3: Preface
    17. On the wages of labour
    18. On the effect of a poor-rate
    19. On savings banks
    20. On the combinations of workmen for the purpose of raising wages
    21. The same subject continued
    22. On certain prevalent errors and misconceptions
    23. On the effect which the high price of labour in a country has upon its foreign trade
    24. On mechanical schools.

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    Thomas Chalmers

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