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The Dissenters

Michael R. Watts


The expansion of Evangelical Nonconformity was one of the most important developments in English and Welsh history in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In eighty years the number of Nonconformist chapels increased ten-fold, and by 1851, nearly one person in five worshipped in such chapels. For millions of people the gospel preached and the religion practised in these chapels determined their choice of marriage partners, conditioned the upbringing of their children, and moulded their family life. Religion pervaded education, shaped morals, controlled leisure, provided music and literature ... More

Keywords: Evangelical Nonconformity, English history, Welsh history, Quakers, Unitarians, working-class followers, political radicalism, trade unionism, Chartism, Dissent, social harmony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198229681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael R. Watts, author
University of Nottingham