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Poverty: A History

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Poverty: A History

Bronislaw Geremek, Agnreszka Kolakowska (Translated by)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20529-6 January 1991 Wiley-Blackwell 288 Pages

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Widely regarded as one of the classics of post-war historical writing, this book shows how central the role of poverty has been throughout the history of Europe.

  • A history of poverty in Europe covering over 1000 years.
  • Translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
  • High profile author - a leading member of solidarity and professor at the College de France.
Foreword.

Introduction: What is Poverty?.

1. The Middle Ages: Charity and Salvation.

2. The Disintegration of Medieval Society.

3. Reformation and Repression: the 1520s.

4. The Reform of Charity.

5. Charitable Polemics: Local Politics and Reasons of State.

6. Prisons of Enlightenment.

7. Poverty and the Contemporary World.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

"A wise, distinguished medieval historian, veteran of Poland's own battles with poverty, here extends himself over a millennium and a continent to illuminate the constantly-changing social conditions, definitions, explanations, political measures, and charitable actions by which Europeans have generated, mitigated, and stigmatized material hardship." Charles Tilly <!--end-->

"A serious, meticulously researched history, Geremek's is a fine account of a fascinating and perennially topical subject." Literary Review


  • A history of poverty in Europe covering over 1000 years.

  • Translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

  • High profile author - a leading member of solidarity and professor at the College de France.