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The English Poor Law, 1531-1782 (New Studies in Economic and Social History) [Paperback]

by Paul Slack
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October 27, 1995 0521557852 978-0521557856 2nd
The Poor Law had a profound impact on English society. Designed to reform the poor as much as to relieve poverty, it also shaped institutions of government and determined people's expectations and assumptions about social welfare. The English Poor Law, 1531-1782 provides a concise synthesis of recent scholarly work together with full references, explaining the origins of this unique system of welfare, and showing how it played a central role in English social and political development from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution.

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"Paul Slack's The English Poor Law, 1531-1782 is a well-informed and concise survey of recent scholarly research about social welfare legislation in early modern England." Elisabeth Cawthon, H-Net Reviews

"...this is an excellent book, especially for young scholars wishing to research the Old Poor Law. It provides a brief, yet thorough historical account, helpful bibliographic tools, and even a checklist of relevant statutes." David McCarter, Sixteenth Century Journal

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This text provides a concise synthesis of recent scholarly work on the Poor Law, which was designed to reform the poor as much as to relieve poverty. It explains the origins of the unique system of welfare, and shows how it played a central role in English social and political development.

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  • Series: New Studies in Economic and Social History (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (October 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521557852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521557856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Precise, detailed and brief April 14, 2010
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Paul Slack is the author of many works regarding the socio-economic conditions of early modern England: this is one of his briefer works, yet it is wonderfully detailed and insightful. If you're interested in the topic of early modern welfare, historical treatment of the poor, and the criminalization of poverty during this time, this is the book for you. It's also a good source if you're a student doing research and/or a paper, as this text is very brief: lots of information in a condensed format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic review of social welfare policy June 17, 2013
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I am about to begin teaching a course on Nonprofit Law, Policy and Government. This is the first book on the reading list I inherited from my predecessor. It is so fruitful that I have been able to sketch out the entire class lesson schedule from it. Excellent introduction to public welfare policies and the social issues that drive them.
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