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Shell-shocked Prophets: the influence of former Anglican army chaplains on the Church of England and British society in the inter-war years

Parker, Linda Mary (2013)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The role of Anglican army chaplains in inter-war church and society will be examined and judgements made on the extent to which their ideas and actions were influenced by their war- time experiences, leading to an impact on the inter-war Anglican Church and British society. The extent to which the intervention of the Church of England in social and industrial issues in the inter-war years was shaped by the activities and opinions of former chaplains will be examined using examples such as as in the work of the Industrial Christian Fellowship and Toc H. The significance of former chaplains in rituals of remembrance and the development of pacifism will be assessed and their contribution to discussions on ecclesiastical controversies such as Prayer Book revision and unity will be analysed. Similarly their views on marriage, divorce, contraception and the proper uses of the new media will be judged in the light of their impact of their thoughts on wider opinion.

The conclusion will make a judgement on the practical and ideological impact of their ideas and actions. It It will be argued that they were a significant minority who became the catalyst for change.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Snape, Michael
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of History
Subjects:BX Christian Denominations
DA Great Britain
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:4495
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