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In 1860 the British Society of Friends was a peculiar inward-looking sect, diminishing in numbers and influence. By 1920 British Quakerism, theologically liberal, socially active, and radically pacifist, emerged from a dramatic confrontation with the Warrior State possessed of economic, social, and moral influence out of all proportion to its still minuscule size (20,000). This carefully researched study chronicles the story of Quakerism's transformation during one of the most momentous periods in the history of the London (now British) Yearly Meeting of Friends.
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Thomas C. Kennedy is Professor of History, University of Arkansas.
`A very useful addition to Quaker studies.'
Journal of Theological Studies
`The Quaker renaissance of 1890-1914 lies at the heart of Thomas Kennedy's exploration ... Its leaders are critically evaluated with sympathy and insight ... The chapters on the war are among the most moving ... stimulating concluding survey and appraisal of the legacies of the Quaker
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