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Description - Social Welfare in Pre-industrial England by Paul A. Fideler

Crossing 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 Details

ISBN: 9780333688953
ISBN-10: 0333688953
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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