Social Welfare in Pre-industrial England : The Old Poor Law Tradition, Paperback / softback Book

Social Welfare in Pre-industrial England : The Old Poor Law Tradition Paperback / softback

Part of the Social History in Perspective series



Crossing period boundaries separating late medieval, early modern, and long eighteenth-century England, Paul A.

Fideler offers a coherent overview of parish-centered social welfare from its medieval roots, through its institutionalisation in the Elizabethan Poor Law, to its demise in the early years of the Industrial Revolution. The study:- incorporates the latest scholarship- weaves together social, economic, demographic, medical, political, religious and ideological history- offers fresh treatments of the contextual importance of Christian moral theology in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, humanist and protestant thought in the sixteenth century and neo-Stoic benevolence and political arithmetic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries- explores two competing approaches to social welfare: societas (voluntary, rooted in custom and tradition) and civitas (mandatory, embedded in policy and law)- concludes with a detailed examination of the first histories of social welfare in England undertaken in the late eighteenth century.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 272 p.
  • Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780333688953



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