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[Excerpt] One must have some knowledge of a society's conception of poverty in order to understand the existence of differing methods of poor relief over time and place. In The Idea of Poverty, Gertrude Himmelfarb presents a detailed account of England's poverty problem during the years 1750 to 1850 as seen by contemporary English economists, politicians, journalists, and novelists. She attempts to determine why the image of poverty, and of the poor, changed over those years and how the popular image of the poor influenced society's methods of relieving poverty. The result is a book that anyone concerned with the problem of poverty, either in current or past times, will find both interesting and useful.


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Boyer, G. R. (1985). [Review of the book The idea of poverty: England in the early industrial age] [Electronic version]. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 38(4), 662-663.

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