The watchful clothier [electronic resource] : the life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist /
Matthew Kadane.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2013.
vii, 302 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
9780300169614 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2013.
9780300169614 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Double-minded men -- "My character & conduct" -- "That single word watch" -- "An active frame in courts below" -- "The sparks that fly upward" -- Mourning, melancholy, and money -- The changing meaning of God and man -- The making of a middle-class mind.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-286) and index.
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" The Watchful Clothieris one of the most extraordinary works of history I can remember reading. Kadane has unearthed the missing link of Max Weber's famed 'Protestant ethic': the vast spiritual diary of an eighteenth-century tradesman halfway through the transformation from Richard Baxter to Benjamin Franklin."Ethan Shagan, University of California Berkeley
"Kadane's beautifully researched and written book explores great themes in small compass,'the seismic cultural shifts in early modern Britain' in the diary of a Puritan, the 'revaluation of the middle class' in the struggle of a businessman to live a godly life."Deirdre N. McCloskey, author of Bourgeois Dignity
"The personal experience of England's transition to capitalism comes alive in this beautifully-crafted study of a devout Protestant who is also a diligent businessman."Joyce Appleby, author of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism
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Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Note on Stylep. vii
Double-Minded Menp. 1
"My Character & Conduct"p. 15
"That Single Word Watch"p. 43
"An Active Frame in Courts Below"p. 84
"The Sparks That Fly Upward"p. 109
Mourning, Melancholy, and Moneyp. 133
The Changing Meaning of God and Manp. 156
The Making of a Middle-Class Mindp. 183
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Ryder's Diary Volumesp. 201
Deaths and Burialsp. 204
Notesp. 221
Manuscript Sourcesp. 285
Indexp. 287
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