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The Building Society Promise: Access, Risk, and Efficiency 1880-1939

Antoninus Samy


The permanent building societies of England grew from humble beginnings as a multitude of small and localized institutions in the nineteenth century to become the dominant players in the house mortgage market by the interwar period. The movement cultivated an image of being a champion of home ownership for the working classes, but housing historians have questioned whether building societies really lived up to this claim. This book fills a major gap in the historiography of the movement by investigating the class profile of building society members, and how the design of different building soc ... More

Keywords: building societies, housing, Britain, working class, Britain, lending, borrowing, theory of the firm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198787808
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198787808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoninus Samy, author
Dominican Friar, Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC.