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Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare


About the Series

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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The Poor in Western Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

The Poor in Western Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

1st Edition

By Stuart Woolf
March 06, 2018

First published in 1986, this book examines poverty and changing attitudes towards the poor and charity across England, France and Italy. It discusses the causes of poverty and the distinctions between the poor and the class-conscious proletariat. Taking early nineteenth-century Italy as a special ...

A History of English Philanthropy From the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the Taking of the First Census

A History of English Philanthropy: From the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the Taking of the First Census

1st Edition

By B. Kirkman Gray
February 27, 2018

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 ...

A History of the English Poor Law Volume I

A History of the English Poor Law: Volume I

1st Edition

By Sir George Nicholls
February 27, 2018

First published in 1854, this comprehensive work charts over three volumes the history of poor relief in England from the Saxon period through to the establishment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 and its reception. This edition, updated in 1898, also includes a biography of the author, Sir ...

A History of the English Poor Law Volume II

A History of the English Poor Law: Volume II

1st Edition

By Sir George Nicholls
February 27, 2018

First published in 1854, this comprehensive work charts over three volumes the history of poor relief in England from the Saxon period through to the establishment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 and its reception. This edition, updated in 1898, also includes a biography of the author, Sir ...

A History of the English Poor Law Volume III

A History of the English Poor Law: Volume III

1st Edition

By Sir George Nicholls
February 27, 2018

First published in 1854, this comprehensive work charts over three volumes the history of poor relief in England from the Saxon period through to the establishment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 and its reception. This edition, updated in 1898, also includes a biography of the author, Sir ...

A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor Volume I

A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor: Volume I

1st Edition

By Michael Nolan
February 27, 2018

First published in 1805, this work summarises the vast array of laws at the time on the relief of the poor in Great Britain. Split across two volumes, it not only condenses the laws themselves but also disentangles the theory and doctrine of each law and explains how the theory should have been ...

A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor Volume II

A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor: Volume II

1st Edition

By Michael Nolan
February 27, 2018

First published in 1805, this work summarises the vast array of laws at the time on the relief of the poor in Great Britain. Split across two volumes, it not only condenses the laws themselves but also disentangles the theory and doctrine of each law and explains how the theory should have been ...

Churchmen and the Condition of England 1832-1885 A study in the development of social ideas and practice from the Old Regime to the Modern State

Churchmen and the Condition of England 1832-1885: A study in the development of social ideas and practice from the Old Regime to the Modern State

1st Edition

By G Kitson Clark
February 27, 2018

First published in 1973, this work demonstrates how the English churchmen of the nineteenth century moved from a firmly entrenched position in the old social hierarchy to a less definable and insecure position under the rule of the collectivist State run by a professional workforce. Dr Kitson Clark...

Doctor of Society Tom Beddoes and the Sick Trade in Late-Enlightenment England

Doctor of Society: Tom Beddoes and the Sick Trade in Late-Enlightenment England

1st Edition

By Roy Porter
February 27, 2018

First published in 1992, this book explores how we come to hold our present attitudes towards health, sickness and the medical profession. Roy Porter argues that the outlook of the age of Enlightenment was crucially important in the creation of modern thinking about disease, doctors and society. To...

From Pauperism to Poverty

From Pauperism to Poverty

1st Edition

By Karel Williams
February 27, 2018

First published in 1981, From Pauperism to Poverty consists of seven essays, three of which focus on the English poor law between 1800 and 1914 and four of which examine texts of social investigation by Mayhew, Engels, Booth and Rowntree. Rather than making a specialist contribution to the history ...

Labour and the Poor in England and Wales - The letters to The Morning Chronicle from the Correspondants in the Manufacturing and Mining Districts, the Towns of Liverpool and Birmingham, and the Rural Districts Volume I: Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire

Labour and the Poor in England and Wales - The letters to The Morning Chronicle from the Correspondants in the Manufacturing and Mining Districts, the Towns of Liverpool and Birmingham, and the Rural Districts: Volume I: Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire

1st Edition

Edited By J. Ginswick
February 27, 2018

The Morning Chronicle presented the state of the working classes of Britain before the public with clarity, insight and honesty. Consisting mainly of verbatim statements from the people themselves, it was a medium through which the previously inarticulate masses were able to speak with one firm ...

Labour and the Poor in England and Wales - The letters to The Morning Chronicle from the Correspondants in the Manufacturing and Mining Districts, the Towns of Liverpool and Birmingham, and the Rural Districts Volume II: Northumberland and Durham, Staffordshire, The Midlands

Labour and the Poor in England and Wales - The letters to The Morning Chronicle from the Correspondants in the Manufacturing and Mining Districts, the Towns of Liverpool and Birmingham, and the Rural Districts: Volume II: Northumberland and Durham, Staffordshire, The Midlands

1st Edition

Edited By J. Ginswick
February 27, 2018

The Morning Chronicle presented the state of the working classes of Britain before the public with clarity, insight and honesty. Consisting mainly of verbatim statements from the people themselves, it was a medium through which the previously inarticulate masses were able to speak with one firm ...

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