Poverty, A History: A History

Poverty, A History: A History

by Bronislaw Geremek
     
 

Widely regarded as one of the classics of post-war historical writing, this book shows how central the role of poverty has been throughout the history of Europe. It ranges across the period from the first millennium to the present day, casting a fresh and revealing perspective on the actions of individuals, groups and nations, and on the underlying nature of the… See more details below

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Widely regarded as one of the classics of post-war historical writing, this book shows how central the role of poverty has been throughout the history of Europe. It ranges across the period from the first millennium to the present day, casting a fresh and revealing perspective on the actions of individuals, groups and nations, and on the underlying nature of the greatest social changes the continent has experienced.

It shows how the rich and those in authority have always expressed mixed feelings about the poor, oscillating between pity and fear, compassion and revulsion. It examines why this occurs and discusses the effects it has on private and public actions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631154259
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.05(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: What is Poverty?1
1The Middle Ages: is Poverty Necessary?15
1.1The Medieval Idea of Poverty and the Social Reality18
1.2Alms and Beggars36
1.3The Rural Poor and the Urban Poor52
2The Disintegration of Medieval Society73
2.1The Social Circumstances76
2.2Poverty and Economic Expansion92
2.3The Dimensions of Poverty102
3Reformation and Repression: the 1520s120
3.1Paris: Moral Anxiety and Fear124
3.2Venice: Social Hygiene and Repression131
3.3Ypres: Urban Poverty and Reform136
4The Reform of Charity142
4.1France: Grenoble, Rouen and Lyons148
4.2Spain: Valladolid160
4.3England: the Edicts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth Poor Law163
4.4The Organization of English Social Aid167
5Charitable Polemics: Local Politics and Reasons of State178
5.1Luther's Attitude towards the Poor180
5.2The Influence of Erasmus, Vives and other Individual Theorists184
6Prisons of Enlightenment206
6.1The Roman Procession207
6.2'Labore nutrior, labore plector'215
6.3The General Hospital and the 'Great Imprisonment' in France220
7Poverty and the Contemporary World230
7.1Pauperization and the 'Discoveries' of Poverty230
7.2The Idea of Philanthropy238
7.3The Poverty of Nations243
Conclusion: a Return to Compassion?248
Notes252
Bibliography256
Index265

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