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The Origins of the British Welfare State : Society, State and Social Welfare in England and Wales, 1800-1945 - Bernard Harris

The Origins of the British Welfare State

Society, State and Social Welfare in England and Wales, 1800-1945

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of social welfare and social policy in Britain before the modern welfare state. It examines the role played by voluntary social provision (including self-help and mutual aid), as well as the growth of state intervention, in meeting welfare needs. It offers detailed coverage of all the main areas of social policy and provides an introduction to the competing theoretical explanations for the growth of welfare states over the last 200 years.

'An important and very accessible addition to the range of literature exploring the foundations and development of the welfare state in Britain is Bernard Harris's The Origins of the British Welfare State. As well as providing a comprehensive analysis of welfare state developments, this text also explores the various historical approaches to studying welfare (its historiography)...[It]is a particularly useful and very readable account of the establishment and development of the welfare state in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.' - Introducing Social Policy, Cliff Alcock, Guy Daly and Edwin Griggs (London: Pearson Longman, 2008) 'Overall, this is a first-rate study of the period in question. Harris has succeeded in providing a highly informative and engaging review of the development of the welfare state. There is no doubt that it will quickly find its way on to the bookshelves of students and scholars in history, social policy and related areas.' - Robert Page, Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 394-5 'This book...provides both a comprehensive introduction to welfare policy and one further reason why the temptation to write medical history as if it were an academic ghetto can be resisted.' - Rodney Lowe, Medical History 'Bernard Harris has provided us with a welcome, well-written and well-researched, and much-needed new history of social welfare in England and Wales. The book...should become a standard text for students of both social history and social policy.' - John Stewart, Reader in the Department of History, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Tablesp. viii
Figuresp. x
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The growth of state interventionp. 15
Britain in the age of industrial growthp. 28
The New Poor Law and the relief of poverty, 1834-1914p. 40
Charity and philanthropy in the nineteenth centuryp. 59
Welfare from below: self-help and mutual aidp. 76
Medicine and health care in the nineteenth centuryp. 91
Public health in the nineteenth centuryp. 104
Housing policy and housing conditions, 1800-1914p. 125
Education and schooling, 1800-1914p. 136
The Liberal welfare reforms, 1906-14p. 150
The First World War and social policyp. 166
Voluntary action and the 'new philanthropy', 1914-39p. 184
Unemployment and poverty between the warsp. 197
Health and medical care, 1918-39p. 219
Housing policy between the warsp. 243
Educational provision between the warsp. 262
The Second World War and afterp. 283
Notesp. 307
Select bibliographyp. 376
Indexp. 383
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ISBN: 9780333649985
ISBN-10: 0333649982
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 27th May 2004
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1