The Church of England in the Twentieth Century
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578 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Church of England in the Twentieth Century

The Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998

by Andrew Chandler

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Unique account of the affairs of the Church of England during a period of colossal change and controversy.
This is the first comprehensive picture of the life and work of the Church of England in the second half of the twentieth century, tracing the evolution of the Church at a time of immense upheaval. The Church was inevitably facedwith the need for [sometimes painful] reform as society became more secularised and multi-cultural, and its response is examined. The book also gives a detailed portrait of the work of its archbishops and bishops; and tackles thecontroversial questions raised by financial matters and the administration of property. They include the financial speculations of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which provoked fundamental questions about the role of the Church and the nature of its relationship with the state.

ANDREW CHANDLER is Director of the George Bell Institute, Birmingham, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
"An intricate and well-researched example of the sort of institutional history which would be indispensable for anyone involved in General Synod or in senior diocesan roles. [...] This is ideal reading for anyone interested [in] the Church as an institution." CHURCHMAN
"This big book [...] is quite the most important book to have appeared on the recent history of the Church of England in many years. [...] [The author] has done a definitive piece of work which will not need to be done again, and will be a goldmine to any student pursuing the comparative history of establishments; and has done so with a literary grace which will delight any reader." KIRCHLICHE ZEITGESCHICHTE
"A fascinating study rooted in extensive archival research." CHURCH HISTORY
"A beautifully written, elegantly constructed narrative sensitively describing the dedicated attempts of generations of bureaucrats to tackle a bewilderingly complex task in a liberal and humane manner." ARCHIVES
"The best kind of narrative history." .
"This well-written book offers a fresh approach to the often troubled history of the Church of England in the later half of the twentieth century. [...] In its lucid organization and patient engagement with detail, the book deserves comparison with the best institutional histories of the last fifty years. [...]This work adds enormously to understanding an important British institution undergoing an historic transition." H-NET BOOK REVIEW
"A beautifully crafted academic tome." SUNDAY TIMES

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9781843835011

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9781843831655

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Title Details

578 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press