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The English Poor Law, 1531 1782 (New Studies in Economic and Social History)
by Paul Slack
This text provides a concise synthesis of recent scholarly work on the Poor Law, which was designed to reform the poor as much as to relieve poverty. It explains the origins of the unique system of welfare, and shows how it played a central role in English social and political development.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published December 22nd 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 1990)
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Guess whether I read this for pleasure or for school! It was interesting, I guess, at least given the context in my nonprofit law class - the point was to see how the issues relating to government & charity have remained almost constant from the 1500s till today. It was good for establishing context for my class, but I wouldn't exactly advise any of you to run out and pick it up.