Bureaucrats and Beggars

Bureaucrats and Beggars : French Social Policy in the Age of the Enlightenment

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Thomas Adams explores the social context in which the French Enlightenment arose by focusing on the response of eighteenth-century French society to the problem of poverty. The institutions (depots) which were established in this period to rehabilitate the poor, Adams argues, came to be regarded as laboratories in which society might be studied scientifically. One premise of such rehabilitation efforts was that government 'should not make men poor' by failing to provide employment for the willing worker or to reward his efforts when employed. Adams demonstrates how the history of depots contributed to a transformation of social values that continues to influence the modern world.show more

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  • Hardback | 394 pages
  • 161.5 x 232.7 x 30.7mm | 870.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones
  • 0195051688
  • 9780195051681

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'richly detailed and scrupulously researched monograph ... excellent merits of a book which structures a truly impressive weight of fresh archival data within a lucid and well-written exposition' T.J. Hochstrasser, Downing College, Cambridge, French History, Vol. 6, No. 4, Dec '92show more

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