Tawney, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1880-1962

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Tawney, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1880-1962

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Richard Henry Tawney (1880-1962), educator and author, was born in India and educated at Oxford, where he was a teacher of the Tutorial Classes Committee (1908-1914). He later served as professor of economic history, University of London (1931-1962). Tawney was a member of the Workers' Educational Association executive (1905-1947) and served as president of the organization (1928-1944). The WEA was begun in 1903 as a means of bringing university education to workers' organizations, and Tawney served as tutorial leader through the tutorial classes offered by Oxford. The organization cooperated with several English universities in developing adult education programmes, as well as teaching its own programme. By 1950 over 150,000 students (half of whom were women) were engaged in adult education through the WEA-sponsored programmes, the majority of which took place outside the universities. Tawney was also an author whose long list of titles included, 'Religion and the rise of capitalism,' (1926), 'Business and politics under James the 1st : Lionel Cranfield as Merchant and Minister,' (1958), 'The acquisitive society,' (1937), 'Equality,' (1931) and several others.

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