By Steven King,Gillian Gear
This comparative research gathers jointly new study by means of neighborhood historians into features of welfare in Hertfordshire spanning 4 centuries and concentrating on cities and villages around the county, together with Ashwell, Cheshunt, Hertford, Pirton, and Royston, among many others. In so doing it makes a useful contribution to the present debate concerning the spatial and chronological version within the personality of welfare regimes inside unmarried counties, not to mention extra greatly. in addition to viewing bad aid geographically and chronologically, the publication additionally considers the therapy of specific teams akin to the elderly, the mad, young children, and the unemployed, and exhibits how, in the constraints of the correct welfare legislation, each one crew used to be handled otherwise, giving a extra nuanced photo than has probably been the case prior to. The overarching query that the ebook makes an attempt to respond to is how successfully Hertfordshire cared for these in want. With chapters on madhouses, workhouses, qualified commercial faculties, the Foundling clinic, pensions, and treatment, the ebook covers a truly large diversity of issues in which a fancy photograph emerges. whereas a few officers appear to have been pushed by way of a comparatively slender experience in their responsibilities to the negative and weak, others seem to have adapted welfare programs to their distinct wishes. certainly, self-interest performed an element: if the weakest electorate have been good controlled, vagrancy should be lessened, the unfold of affliction contained, and keep watch over maintained over the price of taking care of the negative and ailing. it sounds as if Hertfordshire used to be quite nimble and delicate in researching and treating its people's wishes. facts is starting to emerge, in different phrases, that Hertfordshire used to be in essence a being concerned county.
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A Caring County?: Social Welfare in Hertfordshire from 1600 by Steven King,Gillian Gear