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Great philanthropists : wealth and charity in the modern world, 1815-1945 / edited by Peter Mandler and David Cesarani.

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London : Vallentine Mitchell, 2017.
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xii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Subjects:
Humanitarianism -- History -- 19th century.
Humanitarianism -- History -- 20th century.
Philanthropists -- History -- 19th century.
Philanthropists -- History -- 20th century.
Humanitarianism.
Philanthropists.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
What is a philanthropist? Why do they do what they do? What impact do they have? What makes them tick? What in their personal biographies, their communities, their backgrounds, and their moment in time drove them to devote so much time to giving so much money away? Great Philanthropists provides an over-arching view of the development, goals and achievements of philanthropy around the world over the 'long nineteenth century, ' the period in which organized philanthropy became a global movement. It examines how philanthropists make choices about which causes to support, their strategies for doing good, and the impact they have had. The studies include men and women (like Ei'ichi Shibusawa and Betty de Rothschild) from the USA, the UK, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, and Japan; and those who were self-made or who inherited wealth, Jews and Christians, even a monarch, King Edward VII. The book is prefaced with an introductory essay by the leading historian of wealth and the wealthy, Professor W.D. Rubinstein, that provides a magisterial overview of the whole phenomenon of 'mega-philanthropy' since the early 19th century. It shows how these case studies illuminate the great themes of motivation: faith, fear, hope, humanity and culture. Readable and informative, this collection offers an insight into the minds of the world's richest people and shows how individual acts of charity can change society.
Contents:
List of contributors
Preface / Peter Mandler
Introduction / William D. Rubinstein
Nathaniel Mayer, First Lord Rothschild / Klaus Weber
Sir Moses Montefiore / Abigail Green
Betty de Rothschild: minister of charity? / Claire/Amandine SouleĢ
Gifts and recognition: philanthropists in the cities of the Rhineland and Westphalia during the Kaiserreich / Stephen Pielhoff
Sammy Marks / Richard Mendelsohn
Ei'ichi Shibusawa: father of Japan's modernisation / Hideko Katsumata
King Edward VII: the impresario of the plutocracy / Frank Prochaska
Andrew Mellon: making money and giving it away / David Cannadine
Calouste Gulbenkian and his foundation / Jonathan Conlin
Index.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Mandler, Peter, editor.
Cesarani, David, editor.
Other format:
Ebook version :
ISBN:
9781910383193
1910383198
9781910383209
1910383201
OCLC:
974522718