From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England by Paul Slack

From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England

byPaul Slack

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Between the early sixteenth and the early eighteenth centuries, the character of English social policy and social welfare changed fundamentally. Aspirations for wholesale reformation were replaced by more specific schemes for improvement. Paul Slack's analysis of this decisive shift of focus,derived from his 1995 Ford Lectures, examines its intellectual and political roots. He describes the policies and rhetoric of the commonwealthsmen, godly magistrates, Stuart monarchs, Interregnum projectors, and early Hanoverian philanthropists, and the institutions -- notably hospitals andworkhouses - which they created or reformed. In a series of thematic chapters, each linked to a chronological period, he brings together what might seem to have been disparate notions and activities, and shows that they expressed a sequence of coherent approaches towards public welfare. The resultis a strikingly original study, which throws fresh light on the formation of civic consciousness and the emergence of a civil society in early modern England.

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Paul Slack is Principal of Linacre College, Oxford.
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Title:From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern EnglandFormat:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The Common Weal2. Godly Cities3. Absolute Power4. The Public Good5. The Parliament's Reformation6. Bodies Politic7. Civil SocietiesIndex

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`Rom Reformation to Improvement is as thought-provoking for what it suggests about recent political debates about the role of the state, the nature of public good, the reform of social mores, and the amelioration of want and suffering as for what it says about the past. It deserves theattention of all readers interested in the sometimes-noble history of efforts to reform and improve the human condition.' David Harris Sacks, Renaissance Quarterly.