Search:
Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

"Through the windows of a Baptist Meeting House": Religion, politics and the Nonconformist Conscience in the life of Sir George White, M.P.

Doyle, Barry M. (1996) "Through the windows of a Baptist Meeting House": Religion, politics and the Nonconformist Conscience in the life of Sir George White, M.P. Baptist Quarterly, XXXVI (6). ISSN 0005-576X

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (831kB) | Preview

    Abstract

    With the compilation of the New Dictionary of National Biography, under the
    general editorship of Colin Matthew, the contributions of many more of the Free
    Church men and women who helped shape nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain
    will be acknowledged. Among the debutants in the revised canon of great Britons
    will be Sir George White MP, 1 the man described by the British Weekly as the
    'foremost lay leader of English Nonconformity in our generation' ,2 yet a politician
    largely ignored by historians of Edwardian Britain.3 This is a significant oversight,
    for White featured prominently in Free-Church politics in the early twentieth
    century, chairing the Nonconformist Committee in the House of Commons and
    acting as a bridge between old-style dissenting Radicalism and the new(er)
    Liberalism of practical politicians like Lloyd George.4 Although 'plain and modest'
    with 'no pretentions to brilliance', White reached the top in business, politics and
    the Baptist denomination through the classic Victorian virtues of hard work,
    dedication and devotion,S his success resting, in part, on his power as a speaker
    with 'the enviable faculty granted to the best speakers of saying, and thinking clearly
    and strongly while he is on his feet,.6 This paper, which is based primarily on
    press reports of his life and death, will outline White's achievements in religion,
    business and politics, illustrating the way these elements interacted, and looking, in
    particular, at the three areas in which religion most obviously influenced his political
    views: class relations, education and temperance.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    Related URLs:
    Depositing User: Barry Doyle
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 11:45
    Last Modified: 27 Jan 2011 12:25
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7002

    Document Downloads

    Downloader Countries

    More statistics for this item...

    Item control for Repository Staff only:

    View Item

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©