Poverty and Welfare in Guernsey, 1560-2015

Poverty and Welfare in Guernsey, 1560-2015

Rose-Marie Crossan

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

An account of poor relief in Guernsey from the Reformation to the twenty-first century, incorporating a detailed case-study of the St Peter Port workhouse and an outline of the development of Guernsey's modern social security system.
This book, based on extensive original research, provides an account of parochial poor relief in Guernsey from the Reformation to the twenty-first century, incorporating a detailed case-study of the parochial workhouse in the town of St Peter Port, and an outline of the development of Guernsey's modern social security system from its beginnings in the 1920s to the present day. Guernsey has had throughout much of its history a disproportionately large population for its size: in the early eighteenth century St Peter Port was on a par with English county towns such as Warwick and Lincoln. Moreover, since Guernsey was outside the jurisdiction of the Westminster Parliament and retained cultural affinities with France, the island developed its own social welfare regime which was closer, in some respects, to continental regimes than it was to the English Poor Law model. The differing nature of welfare regimes, how they arose and and how they differ is a major focus of interest amongst historians of social welfare; besides being a fascinating local study, the book has much to contribute to the wider history of social welfare in Britain and Europe.

Rose-Marie Crossan completed her doctorate at the University of Leicester and is the author of Guernsey, 1814-1914: Migration and Modernisation (The Boydell Press, 2007). .

Details

November 2015
11 black and white, 10 line illustrations
356 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783270408
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBTB, 1DBKX, 3J
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037030, POL019000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Governance, Economy, Society
Poverty
Beginnings of Parochial Poor Relief
Outdoor Relief, Mid-Eighteenth to Mid-Twentieth Centuries
Self-Help and Voluntary Charity
Town Hospital: Overview
Town Hospital: Infirmary and Lunatic Asylum
Town Hospital: People
Town Hospital: Daily Life
From Parishes to States
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography

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