Ideas of poverty in the Age of Enlightenment

Edited by Niall O'Flaherty and Robin Mills

Ideas of poverty in the Age of Enlightenment
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  • Publish Date: Apr 2024
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    This collection of essays examines the ways in which poverty was conceptualised in the social, political, and religious discourses of eighteenth-century Europe. It brings together experts with a wide range of expertise to offer pathbreaking discussions of how eighteenth-century thinkers thought about the poor. Because the theme of poverty played important roles in many critical issues in European history, it was central to some of the key debates in Enlightenment political thought throughout the period, including the controversies about sovereignty and representation, public and private charity, as well as questions relating to crime and punishment. The book examines some of the most important contributions to these debates, while also ranging beyond the canonical Enlightenment thinkers, to investigate how poverty was conceptualised in the wider intellectual culture, as politicians, administrators and pamphlet writers grappled with the issue.


    Ideas of poverty in an age of Enlightenment: an introduction - R. J. W. Mills
    1 'Welfare for whom?' The place of poor relief in the theory and practice of the enlightened absolutist state - T. J. Hochstrasser
    2 Economic Bienfaisance and the Physiocratic rhetoric of charity - Arnault Skornicki
    3 Poverty, rights and the social contract in Enlightenment Austrian-Habsburg Lombardy - Alexandra Ortolja-Baird
    4 An economic regalism: poverty and charity in eighteenth-century Spain - Jesús Astigarraga and Javier Usoz
    5 The embarrassment of poverty: Dutch decline, liberalism, patriotism and the duties of the state around 1800 - Koen Stapelbroek
    6 Edmund Burke and Adam Smith on the 'labouring poor': an eighteenth-century debate - Anna Plassart
    7 Beyond a charitable design? Robert Wallace as a theorist of poverty and population growth - Conor Bollins
    8 Conceptions of Polish and Russian poverty in the British Enlightenment - Ben Dew
    9 Desolation and abundance: poverty and the Irish landscape, c.1720-1820 - James Stafford
    10 A new moral economy: the early reception of Malthus - Niall O'Flaherty
    11 Poverty, autonomy and control: Patrick Colquhoun's Treatise on Indigence (1806) - Joanna Innes


    Niall O'Flaherty is Senior Lecturer in the History of European Political Thought at King's College London
    R. J. W. Mills is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews

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