R. H. Tawney

Richard Henry Tawney[lower-alpha 1] (30 November 1880 – 16 January 1962) was an English economic historian,[1][2] social critic,[3][4] ethical socialist,[5] Christian socialist,[6][7] and important proponent of adult education.[8][9] The Oxford Companion to British History (1997) explained that Tawney made a "significant impact" in all four of these "interrelated roles".[10] A. L. Rowse goes further by insisting that "Tawney exercised the widest influence of any historian of his time, politically, socially and, above all, educationally".[11]

R. H. Tawney
Richard Henry Tawney

(1880-11-30)30 November 1880
Calcutta, India
Died16 January 1962(1962-01-16) (aged 81)
London, England
Other namesHarry Tawney
Political partyLabour
MovementChristian socialism
Jeannette Tawney
(m. 1909)
Academic background
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Academic work
Sub-disciplineEconomic history
InstitutionsLondon School of Economics
Notable works
  • The Acquisitive Society (1920)
  • Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (1926)
  • Equality (1931)