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This review is from: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (Pelican) (Paperback)
R.H. Tawney's "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism" is widely recognised as an authoritative text in the field of modern economic history. Meticulously researched and documented, the pages reveal how the religious values of a fair price, modest rewards, and the sin of exploiting ones neighbour, gradually weakened under the growing influence of international trade and commerce, and how the Church was unable to adapt its ethics to this new world of the market. The consequence was that the economy became the primary value to which all others became subject, and Tawney suggests that this has profoundly negative effects on people and society.
In tracing the growth of the beast Tawney shows why capitalism has now become so ruthless and dehumanising. Scholarly,yet both passionate and readable, "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism" is a classic that is indispensable in order to understand how we arrived at where we are today.