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Accounts of Quaker history written after about the middle of the twentieth century, and especially those covering Quakerism worldwide, seem to be a rare occurrence. Given this scarcity, Punshon is to be commended for attempting to fill the gap. He is clearly a Quaker himself, which adds relevance and insight into the ways in which the historical currents of the Society have influenced its form and practice today. Despite the commendable effort, the finished product leaves something to be desired...
I have reread this book and am glad I did because I have definitely understood it better. The writing is quite dense, Punshon assumes the reader knows a lot of detailed British history, but there are some good gems here.