The Nonconformist Revolution written by Amanda J. Thomas and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 278

A nonconformist in the dictionary is a person who does not conform to prevailing ideas or practices in their behaviour or views. So basically this is about the industrial revolution from a more religious viewpoint, as a nonconformist your basically looking at ideas from and alternative idea, a different way of doing things from the norm. This sprang up gradually in Britain since the medieval period and this doesn’t just mean you have to be a great thinker, this can come in movements specifically religious groups such as the Quackers who believed not only in doing their religion differently but also other ways in life. The movement tended to work upon the harshness being suffered by the poor and working class, afterall these people had it harsh in life and were therefore more easily disposed to alternative ideas.

This is a fascinating book for definite, and took me back to my university days. A compelling read throughout and certainly a book I can see being aimed at the university sector as it would be of benefit both to students and teachers. The author Amanda Thomas has done a fantastic book making it very clear and well written, I have to say that at the back of the book there is a huge notes and bibliography section. There is also a number of family trees to help the reader further. So in conclusion this is a very good that I would happily recommend to others. My thanks to Rosie at Pen and Sword Books for sending me this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.