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The Watchful Clothier

Matthew Kadane


A clothier and a deeply religious man, Joseph Ryder faithfully kept a diary from 1733 until his death, 2.5 million words later, in 1768. Recently rediscovered and interpreted by the author of this book, Ryder's diary provides a real-life perspective on the relationship between capitalism and Protestantism at a time when Britain was rapidly changing from a traditional to a modern society. It also provides insights into the early modern family, the birth of industrialization, the history of Puritanism, the origins of Unitarianism, melancholy, and the making of the British middle class.

Keywords: capitalism, Protestantism, modern society, modern family, industrialization, Puritanism, Unitarianism, melancholy, British middle class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300169614
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Kadane, author