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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: OUP/British Academy (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197264824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197264829
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.5 x 15.5 cm
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Entirely sensible, engaging and robust, The Ages of Voluntarism is recommended to anyone interested in the history and politics of volunatrism, doubly so for policy makers concerned with voluntary action. (Anjelica Finnegan, Political Studies Review Vol. 11)

The Ages of Voluntarism is part of an important and growing literature, reminding historians of the continuing existence and relevance of voluntary action in a space somewhere in between histories of the state, society and culture. (Charlotte Clements, History)

fascinating collection of essays ... a very welcome contribution to the suprisingly small number of books on the history of voluntarism. And if it encourages others to explore a fascinating and little known aspect of British history, so much the better. (Simon Fowler, Business History)

[Provides] strong evidence for the continuing vibrancy, dynamism, and diversity of the voluntary sector in twentieth-century Britain and should prove useful not just to historians of twentieth-century British social and political life, but also to social and political scientists, as well as policymakers. (Oliver Blaiklock, Twentieth Century British History)

About the Author

Matthew Hilton is Professor of Social History at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of over 50 books and articles including Smoking in British Popular Culture (Manchester, 2000), Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2003), and Prosperity for All: Consumer Activism in an Era of Globalisation (Cornell, 2009). James McKay is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is the editor, with Matthew Hilton and Nick Crowson of NGOs in Contemporary Britain: Non-state Actors in Society and Politics since 1945 (Palgrave, 2009). He is currently writing, with Hilton, The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain (Oxford).

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