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From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England

Paul Slack


Between the early 16th and the early 18th centuries, the character of English social policy and social welfare changed fundamentally. Aspirations for wholesale reformation were replaced by more specific schemes for improvement. This book's analysis of this decisive shift of focus examines its intellectual and political roots. It describes the policies and rhetoric of the commonwealthsmen, godly magistrates, Stuart monarchs, Interregnum projectors, and early Hanoverian philanthropists, and the institutions — notably hospitals and workhouses — which they created or reformed. In a series of thema ... More

Keywords: English social policy, social welfare, reformation, improvement, philanthropists, hospitals, workhouses, public welfare

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206613.001.0001


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Paul Slack, author
Linacre College, Oxford
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