The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a classic representation of the impoverished and politically powerless underclass of British society in Edwardian England, ruthlessly exploited by the institutionalized corruption of their employers and the civic and religious authorities.

Epic in scale, the novel charts the ruinous effects of the laissez-faire mercantilist ethics on the men, women, and children of the working classes, and through its emblematic characters, argues for a socialist politics as the only hope for a civilized and humane life for all. It is a timeless work whose political message is as relevant today as it was in Tressell's time. For this it has long been honoured by the Trade Union movement and thinkers across the political spectrum.


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Author Tressell, Robert
Binding Paperback
No. of Pages 624
Publisher Wordsworth Editions
Date of Publication 2012
ISBN 9781840226829

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