A History of English Philanthropy: From the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the Taking of the First Census, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A History of English Philanthropy

From the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the Taking of the First Census, 1st Edition

By B. Kirkman Gray


316 pages

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First published in 1905, this book charts the history of English philanthropy from the Elizabethan period through to the nineteenth century. In doing so, Benjamin Kirkman Gray posed some important questions about modern philanthropy, and reflected on the meaning and worth of philanthropy. Through historical study, the author discussed this complex question, which, in a time before the development of the British welfare state, was particularly topical.

This book will be of interest to those studying the history of philanthropy, social welfare and poverty.

Table of Contents

1. Charity and the Elizabethan Poor Law 2. Charity in the Early Part of the Seventeenth Century 3. Philanthropy under Puritans 4. A Fresh Starting Point 5. Elementary Education and Child Labour 6. Hospitals in the Eighteenth Century 7. Other Philanthropic Associations 8. The Philanthropist as Agitator 9. The Adult Poor in the Eighteenth Century 10. Village Charities 11. Revolution: Thrift and Soup 12. Characteristics of Eighteenth Century Philanthropy 13. Looking towards the Nineteenth Century – Conclusion; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare

This set of 25 volumes, originally published between 1805 and 1992, amalgamates original nineteenth-century material and more recent research and analysis on the development of social welfare in Britain and Europe. From Elizabethan poor relief, through the Poor Laws of the nineteenth-century, to the establishment of the British National Health Service in the mid twentieth-century, this set provides a comprehensive overview of the germination and establishment of modern social welfare. Although the set mainly focuses on social welfare in Britain, it also contains some work on welfare in Europe.

This set will be of keen interest to those studying the history of social welfare, social policy, poverty and class.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Social History