The poor in England 1700-1850: An economy of makeshifts

The poor in England 1700-1850: An economy of makeshifts


This attention-grabbing examine investigates the adventure of English poverty among 1700 and 1900 and the ways that the bad made ends meet. The word 'economy of makeshifts' has usually been used to summarise the patchy, determined and infrequently failing thoughts of the negative for cloth survival. within the negative of britain a number of the prime, younger historians of welfare learn how merits received from entry to universal land, mobilisation of kinship help, resorting to crime, and different marginal assets may possibly prop up suffering families. The essays try and clarify how and whilst the terrible secured entry to those makeshifts and recommend how the stability of those ideas may switch through the years or be converted by means of gender, life-cycle and geography. This booklet represents the one most important try out in print to provide the English 'economy of makeshifts' with an excellent, empirical foundation and to increase the idea that of makeshifts from a obscure yet handy label to a extra designated but inclusive definition.

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