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The English Protestant Churches since 1770

Politics, Class and Society

Kenneth Hylson-Smith

This book aims to describe and analyse the political and social thinking, attitudes and actions of the English Protestant churches since the late eighteenth century. It focuses in particular on how they have responded to the plight of the least privileged members of society – individuals and groups marginalised or placed at a disadvantage as a consequence of their ethnicity or socioeconomic circumstances. These have been the nation’s underdogs, the most powerless of its inhabitants, and this book explores the involvement of the churches in attempting to create a fairer society, from the anti-slavery campaign to the present day.

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Kenneth Hylson-Smith is a former Bursar and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, who holds doctorates from the University of Leicester and King’s College London. His previous publications include The Churches in England from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II (in three volumes, 1996–1998), Christianity in England from Roman Times to the Reformation (in three volumes, 1999–2001), Evangelicals in the Church of England, 1734–1984 (2000), High Churchmanship in the Church of England (2000) and Bath Abbey: A History (2003).

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