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The Making of the Irish Poor Law, 1815-43

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This is the first full account of the origins and introduction of the Irish poor law. Ireland had no national system for the relief of poverty before 1838. Under the legislation of that year, the island was covered by a network of 130 union workhouses, which were charged with the relief of destitution. These rapidly became notorious for the harshness of their internal regime, and for their catastrophic failure during the Great Famine of 1845-50. However, the poor law also represented the first official acknowledgement of state responsibility for Irish social welfare and of the entitlement of the poor to some form of public assistance. It also created the first form of responsible local government in the Irish countryside. This book examines the debates on the nature of Irish poverty and the responsibilities of society towards it. It traces the various campaigns for a poor law in Ireland from the later eighteenth century, and analyses the nature and internal frictions of the great Irish poor inquiry of 1833-36 chaired by Archbishop Richard Whately. It considers the aims and limitations of the government's measure and the public reaction to it in Ireland and Britain. Finally, it assesses the implementation of the poor law between 1838 and 1843 under the controversial direction of Commissioner George Nicholls.

Internally clean and bright, with slight tanning to page edges. Shelf wear to cover.

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Author(s):
Gray, Peter
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719076498
ISBN-13:
9780719076497
Number of pages:
380
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Title:
The Making of the Irish Poor Law, 1815-43

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This is the first full account of the origins and introduction of the Irish poor law. Ireland had no national system for the relief of poverty before 1838. Under the legislation of that year, the island was covered by a network of 130 union workhouses, which were charged with the relief of destitution. These rapidly became notorious for the harshness of their internal regime, and for their catastrophic failure during the Great Famine of 1845-50. However, the poor law also represented the first official acknowledgement of state responsibility for Irish social welfare and of the entitlement of the poor to some form of public assistance. It also created the first form of responsible local government in the Irish countryside. This book examines the debates on the nature of Irish poverty and the responsibilities of society towards it. It traces the various campaigns for a poor law in Ireland from the later eighteenth century, and analyses the nature and internal frictions of the great Irish poor inquiry of 1833-36 chaired by Archbishop Richard Whately. It considers the aims and limitations of the government's measure and the public reaction to it in Ireland and Britain. Finally, it assesses the implementation of the poor law between 1838 and 1843 under the controversial direction of Commissioner George Nicholls.

Internally clean and bright, with slight tanning to page edges. Shelf wear to cover.

Author(s):
Gray, Peter
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719076498
ISBN-13:
9780719076497
Number of pages:
380
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Title:
The Making of the Irish Poor Law, 1815-43

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