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Thesis title: Investigating the idea of decline in the UK secular movement from 1890–1920
Start year: 2012
The historiography of the UK secular period post 1890 is often described as a coda on the history of radicalism in the nineteenth century but is not supported with any significant detail. My topic will investigate the idea of decline to determine one of two things: if there was a decline, a greater investigation to trace the mechanism of decline; if there was not a decline – what shape did secularist activities take and what institutions supported their efforts. The rise of alternative institutions and collaborations with other groups interested in secular aims in society is also largely missing from the discussion of the secular movement. Collaboration with pacifists, Quakers and non-conformists within the peace movement are also areas that need to be explored.
Secularism, rationalism, peace movement, radical politics
Atheism, secularism, working class radicalism, women in secularist history, ethical societies, rationalist societies, evolution, science, republicanism, reproductive rights