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Poverty and Compassion: The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians

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In a provocative study that bristles with contemporary relevance, Himmelfarb demonstrates that the material and moral dimensions of poverty were inseparable in the minds of late Victorians, be they radical or conservative.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published October 27th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Kressel Housman
I'm halfway through this book, but putting it aside even though I had plans to push my way through. It's a history of philanthropy in the Victorian era, and while I definitely learned from it, the style is academic, which makes it slow-going. The most interesting parts were about the people/movements and their accomplishments: Octavia Hill and her low-cost housing for the working poor, Charles Booth and his seventeen volume study of the poor which is foundational in the field of social research, ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
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I really did not care for this book as much as the other two texts I've read in my history of philanthropy course. That's not to say it's not well researched and engaging. I just didn't care for the organizational method and style in comparison. That said, if you're interested in historic AND contemporary issues of poverty, this is a must read (I can direct you to key chapters if you don't want to read the whole book).
Oct 23, 2007 Kate marked it as to-read
This was on Shirley Mullen's recommended reading list under the category of "history."
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I've never enjoyed a neoliberal polemic more!
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Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, is an American historian. She has been a leader and conservative interpretations of history and historiography. She has written extensively on intellectual history, with a focus on Britain and the Victorian era, as well as on contemporary society and culture.

Himmelfarb was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Bertha (née Lerner) and Max Himmel
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