First published in 1979, Urban Poverty in Britain 1830-1914 examines the plight of the poor in towns as a direct result of industrialization. This valuable study examines the major causes of poverty – low pay, casual labour, unemployment, sickness, widowhood, large families, old age, drink and personal failings – and society’s response to the problem. It also pays attention to the changes in food consumption brought about by migration to the urban areas. Detailed accounts of specific problems and specific situations are combined with a look at the broader questions, and subsequently provides a thorough account of urban poverty in this period.
Table of Contents
1. Poverty and the Urban Labour Market 1830-1914: Low Pay
2. Poverty and the Urban Labour Market 1830-1914: Underemployment and Unemployment
3. Other Causes of Poverty 1830-1914
4. The Alleviation of Poverty Among the Able-Bodied 1830-1914: A Study of Palliatives and Expedients
5. The Socio-Economic Characteristics of Poverty 1830-1914: Food and Housing
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