Patriots and Paupers

Patriots and Paupers : Hamburg, 1712-1830

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Patriots and Paupers carefully analyzes a crucial juncture in the history of a great city: Hamburg's passage from the pre-modern into the modern world. Despite the relative wealth of historical literature on Reformation Germany and on Germany after unification, few English-language histories have addressed the events of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mary Lindemann here details issues associated with poor relief--indigency, mendicancy, public health, labor regulation, social control, and disciplining--then uses these as springboards to broader historical debates. She draws out the subtle yet decisive political shift from the paternalistic dirigisme of a government of fathers and uncles to the socio-economic laissez-faire of early liberalism, and locates this political metamorphosis firmly within the framework of Hamburg's dynamic economic development and dramatic demographic growth. She links these political and social changes to the intellectual, cultural, and prosopographical contexts of the German Enlightenment. Far more than a history of poverty and social welfare policies, Patriots and Paupers explores the critical interconnections between economics, demographics, social change, and government in the closing years of the European Old more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 165.1 x 243.3 x 28.7mm | 731.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • tables throughout
  • 0195061403
  • 9780195061406

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'this is a valuable ... case-study ... Through a full and detailed examination of changing poor-relief policies in the city, based on substantial archival research and a wide range of secondary works, it illuminates very well changes in the methods, structures, objectives and assumptions of government.' Michael Hughes, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, EHR Jun '94 `This book is a useful contribution to the historiography of the general reform process ... The book is sensibly structured.' Labour History Review `this is a valuable contribution to the history of the German Burgertumand their changing attitudes to the poor.' German Historical Institute London Bulletinshow more