Charity and Bienfaisance: The Treatment of the Poor in the Montpellier Region 1740-1815

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This book is a case study, based on the Montpellier region in southern France, which analyses charity and poor relief from 1750 to the Restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, and the effect of the French Revolution on the treatment of the poor. The breadth of the book's timescale is one of its most notable features; so too is the way in which the changing treatment of the problem of poverty is seen not only in its political and administrative context, but also in terms of police forces, charitable benefactors, the ...

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Overview

This book is a case study, based on the Montpellier region in southern France, which analyses charity and poor relief from 1750 to the Restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, and the effect of the French Revolution on the treatment of the poor. The breadth of the book's timescale is one of its most notable features; so too is the way in which the changing treatment of the problem of poverty is seen not only in its political and administrative context, but also in terms of police forces, charitable benefactors, the administrators of charitable institutions, and the poor themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521021883
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps, graphs, figures and tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: charity and bienfaisance in the enlightenment; Part I. The Setting: 1. Montpellier and its region; 2. The eighteenth-century problem of poverty; Part II. The Treatment of Poverty Under the Ancien Regime: 3. Poor relief in Montpellier and its region; 4. The crisis of traditional charity; 5. Popular attitudes towards poor relief: (i) charity; 6. Popular attitudes towards poor relief: (ii) medicine; 7. Government, poor relief and the repression of begging; Part III. The Treatment of Poverty Under the Revolution and the Empire: 8. Towards a 'welfare state', 1789-c.1795; 9. Retreat from the 'welfare state', c.1795-c.1800; 10. Poor-relief institutions from the Concordat to the Restoration; Part IV. Conclusion: 11. The government and poor relief in the early nineteenth century; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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