The Poor in Western Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

1st Edition

Stuart Woolf

Routledge
Published March 6, 2018
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781138201248 - CAT# Y289058
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare

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Summary

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 study, it uses the exceptionally rich documentary sources from this time to examine such issues as charity, repression, the reasons why families suffered poverty and what strategies they adopted for survival. In this study, Stuart Woolf takes full account of recent work in historical demography and in sociological studies of poverty and the welfare state to produce this original and thoughtful work.

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

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