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Record 4285

Reading Experience:

'For Dunfermline housepainter James Clunie, Das Kapital and the Wealth of Nations both demonstrated that industrialism inevitably increased economic inequality, the exploitation of labour and class conflict. To this The Descent of Man added "the great idea of human freedom... It brought out the idea that whether our children were with or without shoes was due to poverty arising from the administration of society".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Dunfermline
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:James Clunie
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1889
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: housepainter
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Adam Smith
Title: Wealth of Nations
Genre: Politics, economics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4285  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 300
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 300,, accessed: 02 March 2024

Additional comments:

See James Clunie 'Labour is my Faith', pp.30-31, no further ref. traceable in Rose



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