Building Jerusalem

Nonconformity, Labour and the Social Question in Wales, 1906-1939

Robert Pope

Building Jerusalem

Robert Pope

Distributed for University of Wales Press

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9781783160600 Published September 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Much of the scholarship dedicated to the working-class culture of early twentieth-century Wales concerns secular, economic, and political matters. Relatively little attention has been given to religion, despite the fact that the 1904–5 revival brought many thousands into contact with the chapel. This study examines the relationship between the labor movement and the nonconformist chapels, tracing the emergence of a “social gospel,” its main protagonists, and its eclipse by the outbreak of World War II.

Editor’s Foreword           


Preface to the Second Edition

List of Abbreviations

1. Setting the Scene

2. The Nonconformist Response to Socialism, 1906-1914

3.  Labour, Socialism and Nonconformity

4. The Turning-Point 1910-1911: Nonconformity’s Social Conscience

5. Building Jerusalem: Nonconformity and Post-War Reconstruction

6. Losing the Battle


Sources and bibliography


Review Quotes
The Labour History Review
This book’s strength is its detailed treatment of the intellectual, individual, and organisational responses by Nonconformity to the ’social question’ in Wales.
Alan Argent | Congregational History Circle
This is a book which will command respect and attention from all working in the field.
Professor John Kent | The Expository Times
This work is original, well-informed, and a valuable addition to our knowledge of modern Wales.
David Bebbington | Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society
This book is to be applauded for its synthesis of familiar general history with the interior life of the Nonconformist community.
Ian Machin | Welsh History Review
A fascinating depiction of a unique if tense and ambiguous relationship.
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