Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Religion, Spirituality, Reform and Society

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, searchable content from a broad range of sources, offering never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Religion, Spirituality, Reform And Society examines the influence of both faith and skepticism on the shaping of many aspects of society---politics, law, economics, and social and radical reform movements. In the 19th century, the intellectual work of Comte, Marx, Weber, Darwin, Freud, and others unleashed secularizing impulses that gave rise to both new humanist religious projects and new faith-based social reform movements. The heightened interest in the perfection of man, the power of science, and the confidence in social progress also had an impact. Alongside Comte’s positivist "religion of humanity," utopian collectives, and settlement houses, there grew a new fascination with alternative spiritual and mystical practices.

This archive provides essential documentary materials that explore religious and philosophical movements in reaction to dramatic changes in culture and society wrought by the industrial revolution and modernity. Topics covered include positivism and anti-positivism, freethinking, the cooperative movement, alternative Christianities, and the application of the social principles of Christianity to everyday life by a variety of denominations.

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  • Fully searchable, full-image archive of manuscripts and monographs that explore the intersection of religion and society in the 19th Century.
  • Helps scholars gain understanding of the influence religion had in shaping Western culture.
  • Provides essential documentary evidence that explore the corresponding influence that social forces had on religious attitudes.
  • Multidisciplinary in nature, covering a range of social science fields.


Customer Reviews

"The ranges of sources of all this material boggled my mind. Yes, some of it is from mainstream publications, but so much of it was from rare, hard-to-find sources that I gained an appreciation for the time and effort it’s taken to assemble these vast digitized collections."
— Library Journal
"My review of the publisher’s ECCO (LJ 5/15/04) said, ’The contents, scope, and accessibility of the Eighteenth Century Collections Online are astonishing. Enthusiastically recommended for all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary scholarship.’ Gale is happily guilty of having another such paragon in the works. The rare material, the powerful yet uncomplicated search mechanism, and the added-value subject indexing stand out here. As the modules are released, all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary, historical, and interdisciplinary scholars should consider acquiring these archives."
— Library Journal

Table of Contents

Sample topics/subject/research areas for the U.K., Europe and the rest of the World: Hegelian philosophy, Kantian philosophy, Comte and his philosophy, Tractarianism, Oxford Movement, Chartism, social and labor reform, social welfare and the poor; poor relief (many of these organizations were faith-based and some radical),Theism and Anti-Theism, Transcendentalism, spiritualism, Theosophy, utopian socialism, religious collectivism, relations between church and state, mysticism, etc.

Sample topics/subject/research areas for the U.S. and Canada: Comte and his philosophy, American Tractarianism and Pusey Movement (North American version of the Oxford Movement), social and labor reform, social welfare and the poor; poor relief (many of these organizations were faith-based and some radical), Free Thought/Thinking, Materialism, Congregationalism, Theism and Anti-Theism, Transcendentalism, spiritualism, etc.