Charity and Poverty in England, c.1680-1820 Wild and Visionary Schemes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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This book explores responses to poverty in eighteenth-century England, with an eye to some of the odder manifestations of charity and poor relief. Whether discussing proposals for vast inland colonies or cosy firesides, men and women demonstrated that imagination, excitement and experiment were as important as systematic argument in making early-modern social policy. Ceremonies and material objects encapsulated ideas and attracted supporters; energy poured into realizing imagined prospects in buildings, streetscapes and landscapes across England and beyond. Charity and Poverty in Englandaims to shed fresh light on ideas and lived experience, on cultural worlds in which social relations were unevenly worked out. It analyzes the settings in which gentlemen, magistrates, officials, pamphleteers, ladies and neighbors reacted to the poverty of others, and poor people asserted their own beliefs and experiences. The book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of eighteenth-century cultural history and the history of social policy.

Author Biography

Sarah Lloyd is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of illustrationsp. vii
Introduction: acts of imaginationp. 1
Usefulness and beyondp. 36
Wild and visionary schemesp. 77
English oaks: William Hanbury and Jonas Hanwayp. 120
Charitable things I: memory and spectaclep. 169
Charitable things II: food and fashionp. 216
Cottage conversations: poverty and manly independence in late eighteenth-century Englandp. 253
Conclusionsp. 292
Bibliographyp. 300
Indexp. 334
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