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Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

Robert Owen’s Experiment at New Lanark

From Paternalism to Socialism

Authors: Siméon, Ophélie

  • Assesses how Robert Owen transformed New Lanark into a test-bed for his social philosophiesProvides the first attempt to trace the origins of 'Owenism' from a social history perspective
  • Utilises previously unpublished archival material
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This book provides an account of how, in the years 1800-1825, enlightened entrepreneur and budding reformer Robert Owen used his cotton mill village of New Lanark, Scotland, as a test-bed for a set of political intuitions which would later form the bedrock of early socialism in Britain. Drawing from previously unpublished archival sources, this study shows that New Lanark was not merely on the receiving end of Owen’s innovative brand of industrial paternalism, but also acted as a major source of inspiration for many aspects of his social system, including his desire to remodel society along communitarian lines. This book  therefore reaffirms the centrality of New Lanark as the cradle of socialism in Britain, and provides a contextualised, social history of Owen’s ideas, tracing direct continuities between his early years as a paternalistic businessman, and his later career as a radical political leader. In doing so, it eschews the myth of New Lanark as a unidimensional ‘model’ village and addresses the ambiguities of Owen’s journey from paternalism to socialism.

About the authors

Ophélie Siméon is Associate Professor in British History at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Siméon, Ophélie

    Pages 1-12

  • Beginnings

    Siméon, Ophélie

    Pages 13-44

  • The “Preparatory Phase”, 1800–1816

    Siméon, Ophélie

    Pages 45-86

  • Towards the “New Moral World”, 1816–1825

    Siméon, Ophélie

    Pages 87-107

  • Visions of New Lanark

    Siméon, Ophélie

    Pages 109-140

Buy this book

eBook 71,39 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64227-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 90,94 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64226-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robert Owen’s Experiment at New Lanark
Book Subtitle
From Paternalism to Socialism
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64227-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64227-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64226-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 173
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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