Patterns of Philanthropy

Patterns of Philanthropy

Charity and Society in Nineteenth-Century Bristol

Martin Gorsky

A study of the debate over the control of civic charities during the era of municipal reform.
The nineteenth-century city was characterised by the development of a wide variety of voluntary associations and institutions which set out to address social problems and promote the public good. This book presents a study of voluntarism in the city of Bristol. Attention is focused first on the long-established endowed charities which funded poor relief, almshouses and schools; the author charts the decline of this form of giving in favour of the new benevolent associations of the eighteenth century, reflecting the centrality of the debate over the control of civic charities during the era of municipal reform. The book moves on to look in more depth at the city's many voluntary organisations and societies, presenting a comprehensive picture of developments up to 1870 in such fields as health, education and missionary work to the poor. This is followed by an analysis of the social impact of voluntary activity, and a survey of the limitations of voluntary sector welfare provision.

Martin Gorsky is Senior Lecturer in the History of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

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Such scholarly treatment of the voluntary mechanism which produced so many medical projects has much to stimulate the medical historian. MEDICAL HISTORY
Addresses important questions about philanthropy... gives us many challenging ideas, clear arguments, and a wealth of statistical information and other empirical results. HISTORY

Author Bio

Dr Martin Gorsky is Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton.

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