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Continuity or change? Poor Relief in Wales, c.1770-1901

Burke, Liam 2023. Continuity or change? Poor Relief in Wales, c.1770-1901. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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It will be demonstrated here that the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act had much more of an impact in Wales than other historians have allowed. For instance, the administrative framework of the New Poor Law was implemented relatively quickly in Wales. The scale of resistance to the workhouse system in Wales has also been grossly over-exaggerated. Furthermore, although many Old Poor Law policies initially continued to be practiced in Wales under the New Poor Law, by the end of the nineteenth century, many of these practices had been phased out or otherwise stopped. It will also be demonstrated here that poor relief was not as generous, nor the Welsh boards of guardians as humane as other historians have claimed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 April 2024
Date of Acceptance: 19 April 2024
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 14:32

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