Social Welfare in Pre-Industrial England
The Old Poor Law Tradition
By (author) Paul A. Fideler
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Social Welfare in Pre-Industrial England by Paul A. Fideler
Book DescriptionCrossing period boundaries separating late medieval, early modern, and long eighteenth-century England, Paul A. Fideler offers a coherent overview of parish-centered social welfare from its medieval roots, through its institutionalisation in the Elizabethan Poor Law, to its demise in the early years of the Industrial Revolution. The study: - incorporates the latest scholarship - weaves together social, economic, demographic, medical, political, religious and ideological history - offers fresh treatments of the contextual importance of Christian moral theology in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, humanist and protestant thought in the sixteenth century and neo-Stoic benevolence and political arithmetic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - explores two competing approaches to social welfare: societas (voluntary, rooted in custom and tradition) and civitas (mandatory, embedded in policy and law) - concludes with a detailed examination of the first histories of social welfare in England undertaken in the late eighteenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333688946
(222mm x 141mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul A. Fideler
Social Welfare in Pre-Industrial England, Paperback (December 2005)
Utilizing work in economic, social, demographic, political, medical and welfare history and attending to developments in religion, ethics, and political thought, the author highlights the assumptions, perceptions and repertoire of relief initiatives that sustained the Elizabethan social welfare tradition until its demise.
Political Thought and the Tudor Commonwealth, Hardback (December 1992)» View all books by Paul A. Fideler
Intellectual history has suffered in comparison to the institutional and political history of the Tudors in recent years, and this collection of essays is a concerted aim to redress the balance.
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Author Biography - Paul A. Fideler
PAUL A. FIDELER is Professor of History and Humanities at Lesley University, USA. He has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, USA, a Fellow of the American Council and Learned Societies, and President of the Northeast Conference on British Studies and the New England Historical Association.
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