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An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850 First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521364799
ISBN-10: 0521364795
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Book Description

The late eighteenth century saw a significant increase in relief generosity for able-bodied paupers under the Poor Law of 1597. This book examines the political motivation, regional variations and the economic and demographic impact of relief until its abolition in 1834.
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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (June 29, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521364795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521364799
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,016,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Boyer has written a fine historical account. This book is well worth the attention of those studying eighteenth or nineteenth century British economic and social history at the first degree level.
However, I am sure that the specialist can pick holes in the broad canvas.
I would also like to correct the previous reviewer. Both Humphreys and Englander have written on the 1834 Poor Law Reforms. I think it is the reviewer who should "not assume anything." I would also suggest that he/she read his/her uncle's book.
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By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is certainly not the best historical account of the English Poor Laws by any means. Instead, I highly recommend those written by Robert Humphreys of the London School of Economics and David Englander. Cornell University Professor George Boyer should peruse the hypotheses offered by these scholars.
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