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Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare


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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

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...

Social Policy 1830-1914: Individualism, Collectivism and the Origins of the Welfare State

Social Policy 1830-1914: Individualism, Collectivism and the Origins of the Welfare State

1st Edition

Eric J Evans
February 27, 2018

First published in 1978, this book gathers an extensive range of documents which illuminate the complex and important process by which the State in Britain has taken on increased responsibility for the health and welfare of its citizens. It uses extracts from a variety of sources, including reports...

From Pauperism to Poverty

From Pauperism to Poverty

1st Edition

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...

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

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...

The Life and Times of Sir Edwin Chadwick

The Life and Times of Sir Edwin Chadwick

1st Edition

S. E. Finer
February 27, 2018

First published in 1952, this is a full-scale and definitive account of the life and work of Sir Edwin Chadwick. Among the sources used are the Chadwick Papers, the Peel, Place, Russell and Gladstone Papers, the Home Office, Treasury and Ministry of Health papers and the minutes and documents of...

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 2

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 2

1st Edition

Henry Mayhew, Peter Razzell
February 27, 2018

In the years 1849 and 1850, Henry Mayhew was the metropolitan correspondent of the Morning Chronicle in its national survey of labour and the poor. Only about a third of his Morning Chronicle material was included in his later and better known, publication, London Labour and the London Poor. First...

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 3

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 3

1st Edition

Henry Mayhew, Peter Razzell
February 27, 2018

In the years 1849 and 1850, Henry Mayhew was the metropolitan correspondent of the Morning Chronicle in its national survey of labour and the poor. Only about a third of his Morning Chronicle material was included in his later and better known, publication, London Labour and the London Poor. First...

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 4

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 4

1st Edition

Henry Mayhew, Peter Razzell
February 27, 2018

In the years 1849 and 1850, Henry Mayhew was the metropolitan correspondent of the Morning Chronicle in its national survey of labour and the poor. Only about a third of his Morning Chronicle material was included in his later and better known, publication, London Labour and the London Poor. First...

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 5

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 5

1st Edition

Henry Mayhew, Peter Razzell
February 27, 2018

In the years 1849 and 1850, Henry Mayhew was the metropolitan correspondent of the Morning Chronicle in its national survey of labour and the poor. Only about a third of his Morning Chronicle material was included in his later and better known, publication, London Labour and the London Poor. First...

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 6

The Morning Chronicle Survey of Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts Volume 6

1st Edition

Henry Mayhew, Peter Razzell
February 27, 2018

In the years 1849 and 1850, Henry Mayhew was the metropolitan correspondent of the Morning Chronicle in its national survey of labour and the poor. Only about a third of his Morning Chronicle material was included in his later and better known, publication, London Labour and the London Poor. First...

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

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...

The British National Health Service: State Intervention in the Medical Marketplace, 1911-1948

The British National Health Service: State Intervention in the Medical Marketplace, 1911-1948

1st Edition

Sharon Schildein Grimes
February 27, 2018

First published in 1991, this book charts the inception of the British National Health Service from 1911 to 1948. It pays specific attention to the struggle of doctors to achieve work control in the medical marketplace during this turbulent time. With particular focus on the medical profession, it...

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