Old Age in English History
Past Experiences, Present Issues
By (author) Pat Thane
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Old Age in English History by Pat Thane
Book DescriptionAt the end of the twentieth century more people are living into their seventies, eighties, nineties and beyond, a process expected to continue well into the next millennium. The twentieth century has achieved what people in other centuries only dreamed of: many can now expect to survive to old age in reasonably good health and can remain active and independent to the end, in contrast to the high death rate, ill health and destitution which affected all ages in the past. Yet this change is generally greeted not with triumph but with alarm. It is assumed that the longer people live, the longer they are ill and dependent, thus burdening a shrinking younger generation with the cost of pensions and health care. It is also widely believed that 'the past' saw few survivors into old age and these could be supported by their families without involving the taxpayer. In this first survey of old age throughout English history, these assumptions are challenged. Vivid pictures are given of the ways in which very large numbers of older people lived often vigorous and independent lives over many centuries. The book argues that old people have always been highly visible in English communities, and concludes that as people live longer due to the benefits of the rise in living standards, far from being 'burdens' they can be valuable contributors to their family and friends.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198203827
(242mm x 163mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the 20th Century, Paperback (December 2011)» View all books by Pat Thane
The continuing under-representation of women in political and public life remains a matter of concern across a wide range of countries, including the UK and Ireland. This book explores key questions in the development of women's rights in Britain and Ireland.
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