17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This book is highly readable and insightful,
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This review is from: The English Poor Laws 1700-1930 (Social History in Perspective) (Paperback)
Anthony Brundage's The English Poor Laws 1700 - 1930 is a quick and useful read. The focus on an evolving legal subject in more less modern times gives real insight to the prestages of a welfare state. Suprisingly light, the story manuevers through the Industrial Revolution. The intermingling of politics and intellectual thought provide a detailed case study of the conflicts arising out of a changing socioeconomic climate. It holds interest for anyone interested in history, law, society, and or the current debate on how much socialism to incorporate into a liberal capitalist system. It is short and quick to read.
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