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on 7 September 2001
Why was the Victorian workhouse quite so draconian? and why did a so called "reform" act appear to do so little to alleviate the suffering of Britain's poor. This concise book explains the motives behind 19th century regimes of suffering and how, as the century progressed, the thinking behind these regimes was proven to be floored.