Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500–1860

Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State

  • Authors
  • Larry Patriquin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Larry Patriquin
    Pages 8-44
  3. Larry Patriquin
    Pages 79-116
  4. Larry Patriquin
    Pages 117-150
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-254

About this book


This book examines the evolution of public assistance for the poor in England from the late medieval era to the Industrial Revolution. Placing poor relief in the context of the unique class relations of agrarian capitalism, it considers how and why relief in England in the early modern period was distinct.


early modern period England industrial revolution law revolution

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