Robert Owen and the Commencement of the Millennium: The Harmony Community at Queenwood Farm, Hampshire, 1839-1845
Robert Owen (1771-1858) who advocated the transformation of society through the construction of Communities of United Interest, was personally involved in the implementation of his idea in only two places--in the United States at New Harmony (1825-1827), and in England at Harmony in Hampshire (1839-1845). This book is the first full length study of the latter. Owen's ideas were rooted in his experience as manager at the New Lanark Mills in Scotland, and he never escaped the limitations which this imposed. His ability to enthuse supporters, especially from the working classes, was never matched by an understanding of their democratic aspirations. This, as much as unsound finance, finally destroyed the community. The story is not wholly negative, though, especially after the building of Harmony Hall in 1841. The cultural activities available to adults and the varying experiences of men and women are discussed, along with the education of the children and work on the community's farms.
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