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Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World

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John Ruskin was the Victorian age’s best-known and most controversial intellectual. An art critic, a social activist, an early environmentalist; he was also a painter, writer, and a determined tastemaker in the fields of architecture and design. His ideas, which poured from his pen in the second half of the 19th century, sowed the seeds of the modern welfare state, universal state education and healthcare free at the point of delivery. His acute appreciation of natural beauty underpinned the National Trust, while his sensitivity to environmental change, decades before it was considered other than a local phenomenon, fuelled the modern green movement. His violent critique of free market economics, Unto This Last, has a claim to be one of the most influential political pamphlets ever written.

Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth, Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World answers the questions: who was John Ruskin? What did he achieve, and how? And what makes his ideas so important today?

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St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL

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