Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State

Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State
Author: Larry Patriquin
Language English
Pages: 280
ISBN10: 0230516939
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 2.00
ISBN13: 9780230516939
Published: November 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan

This book examines the evolution of public assistance for the poor in England form the late medieval era to the Industrial Revolution. Placing poor relief in the context of the unique class relations of agrarian capitalism, it considers how and why relief in England in the early modern period was distinct, with comparisons made to Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.  Challenging and provocative, the author argues for a class-based reinterpretation of the origins of the welfare state.