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

Paul Slack
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28 Sep 1995 New Studies in Economic and Social History (Book 9)
The poor law had a profound impact on English society between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. 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. Over the last few decades there has been a good deal of detailed research examining how the law was implemented in different regions, its influence on social attitudes and social realities, and its significance as a major burden on local government and a source of political and social concern. The English Poor Law, 1531–1782 provides a concise synthesis of past work, explaining the origins of this unique system of welfare, and showing how the poor law played a central role in English social and political development from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution.

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Cambridge University Press Ed edition (28 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521557852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521557856
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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The poor law had a profound impact, playing a central role in social and political development from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution. This book provides a concise synthesis of past scholarly work, explaining the origins and effects of this unique system of welfare.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read 21 Jan 2012
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Paul Slack was recommended to me by my Social Historian lecturer. The need for informative text regarding the Old English Poor Laws derived from an assessment I had to carry out on the subject. A relatively short book, which can provide the reader with a foundation for further expansive reading. Well written, easy to convey and understand; and very much to the point. If you seek information regarding the Old Poor Laws without 'beating around the bush' then this is the book you want to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book needed for Uni Course 31 May 2013
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Very detailed information giving how the law was implemented and the failure of the law. to carry it out. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precise, detailed and brief 15 April 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic review of social welfare policy 17 Jun 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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