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Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State (edição: 2018)

de Chris Renwick (Autor)

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Today, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of "skivers" living off hard-working "strivers" as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like. This major new history tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British intellectual, social and political life- the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people's housing, education, health and family life, a commitment that was unimaginable just a century earlier. Though these changes were driven by developments in different and sometimes unexpected currents in British life, they were linked by one over-arching idea- that through rational and purposeful intervention, government can remake society. It was an idea that, during the early twentieth century, came to inspire people across the political spectrum. Not only could poverty be conquered, but the policies used to do so could produce better citizens who would in turn create a modern and dynamic Britain. In exploring this extraordinary transformation, Bread for Allexplores and challenges our assumptions about what the welfare state was originally for, and the kinds of people who were involved in creating it. In doing so, it asks what the idea of the welfare state continues to mean for us today.… (mais)
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Título:Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State
Autores:Chris Renwick (Autor)
Informação:Penguin (2018), 336 pages
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Bread for All – An excellent history of Social Reform.

If you were to ask many people about social reform today, they would refer to the post-Second World War reforms by the Labour government, who were reflecting people’s hopes for the future. When we fast forward to today, the common argument today about our welfare state is that something has gone badly wrong.

If you are unaware if the history of social reform and the welfare state, then Bread for All explores the history bringing it up to the problems of today. One thing that is clear is that social reform, how to deal with the welfare of those of need is nothing new, and similar debates have been going on for well over two hundred years.

The historian Chris Renwick challenges the many assumptions that people hold about the welfare state and social reform, and by looking back we can look forward. Sometimes while reading this book you feel that the politician’s names have changed but some of the attitudes have not, especially concerning the health of the nation.

Taking us back to when the Poor Laws were originally created in 1601, under Elizabeth I and the various transitions that if has gone through. How the 1834 reform act was created to answer the problems of the agricultural economy but by 1850 was not fit for purpose with the new industrialisation and the many changes that Britain underwent during the Victorian period.

Renwick, guides through the change of thinking of the laissez-faire free market liberal thinking, and the self-help, individualism and the moral being. To 1906, when the change in political thinking, that what went before was not changing the situation of the poor and it was 1909, that two reports were published offering different opinions on social reform.

One of the mist fascinating periods for social reform and welfare was from 1900 to the creation of the welfare state after the Second World War. Dealing not only with how to deal with unemployment, the housing and the soldiers that came home from all the wars that Britain involved itself in. Using the Boer War as the spur for social change as the working classes became the subject of the speculation they simply were not physically fit enough and posed a threat to the fabric of the nation.

This is an excellent book for those who are social historians as well as those who have a general interest in the development of welfare and welfare reform. Simply an excellent book. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Sep 4, 2017 |
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Today, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of "skivers" living off hard-working "strivers" as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like. This major new history tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British intellectual, social and political life- the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people's housing, education, health and family life, a commitment that was unimaginable just a century earlier. Though these changes were driven by developments in different and sometimes unexpected currents in British life, they were linked by one over-arching idea- that through rational and purposeful intervention, government can remake society. It was an idea that, during the early twentieth century, came to inspire people across the political spectrum. Not only could poverty be conquered, but the policies used to do so could produce better citizens who would in turn create a modern and dynamic Britain. In exploring this extraordinary transformation, Bread for Allexplores and challenges our assumptions about what the welfare state was originally for, and the kinds of people who were involved in creating it. In doing so, it asks what the idea of the welfare state continues to mean for us today.

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