The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Tawney, Richard Henry (1880–1962)

  • J. M. Winter
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R.H. Tawney was an economic historian and socialist philosopher whose Anglican beliefs lay at the heart of his influential studies of the enduring problem of the ethics of wealth distribution. As Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics from 1921 to 1958, he became the doyen of a school of thought which defined the subject as the exploration of the resistance of groups and individuals in the past to the imposition on them of capitalist modes of thought and behaviour.


Capitalism Individualism Protestant ethic Religion and economic development Tawney, R. H. Weber, M. 

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  1. Terrill, R. 1974. R.H. Tawney and his times. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
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