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Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500–1860

Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State

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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

About the authors

LARRY PATRIQUIN is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Welfare and Criminal Justice Studies at Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada. He is the author of Inventing Tax Rage: Misinformation in the National Post.

Bibliographic information


'It is a book that encourages reflection, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in economical development and social welfare.' - A. J. Gritt, The Agricultural History Review