Agrarian Capitalism And Poor Relief In England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare…

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byLarry Patriquin

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This book examines the evolution of public assistance for the poor in England form the late medieval era to the Industrial Revolution. Placing poor relief in the context of the unique class relations of agrarian capitalism, it considers how and why relief in England in the early modern period was distinct, with comparisons made to Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.  Challenging and provocative, the author argues for a class-based reinterpretation of the origins of the welfare state.

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This book examines the evolution of public assistance for the poor in England form the late medieval era to the Industrial Revolution. Placing poor relief in the context of the unique class relations of agrarian capitalism, it considers how and why relief in England in the early modern period was distinct, with comparisons made to Scot...

LARRY PATRIQUIN is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Welfare and Criminal Justice Studies at Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada. He is the author of Inventing Tax Rage: Misinformation in the National Post.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.96 × 5.81 × 0.78 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Capitalist and Precapitalist Societies * The Development of Capitalism in England, c.1300-1860 * English Poor Relief, c.1350-1795 * Speenhamland, Settlement and the New Poor Law * Agrarian Class Relations and the Absence of Poor Relief Outside England * Conclusion: Capitalism and the Origins of the Welfare State * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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