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The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England als Buch

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The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England als Buch
Titel: The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England
Autor/en: Susannah R. Ottaway

ISBN: 0521815800
EAN: 9780521815802
Sprache: Englisch.

Februar 2004 - gebunden - 340 Seiten


An important study of the history of ageing.


List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: old age in eighteenth-century England: no 'golden age of ageing'; 1. Who was 'old' in eighteenth-century England?; 2. The activities of the 'helmsman': self-reliance, work and community expectations of the elderly; 3. 'The comforts of a private fire-side'; 4. Independent but not alone: family ties for the elderly; 5. Community assistance to the aged under the Old Poor Law; 6. Continuity and change in community assistance to the elderly over the eighteenth century; 7. Within workhouse walls: indoor relief for the elderly; Conclusion: old age as a useful category of historical analysis; Bibliography; Index.


Susannah R. Ottaway is Assistant Professor of History at Carleton College.


'Ottaway's book, however, does serve as a model for how to write a gendered social history ... historians of demography, family, society, gender, and, of course, the eighteenth century, will find much in Ottaway's book to interest and instruct them.' H-Net '... an admirably detailed examination both of the experiences and of the expectations of the elderly in England during the eighteenth century ... this should be required reading for the demographer and the social historian, but will be of interest to everyone with an historical bias.' Family History 'The Decline of Life is an important book that challenges what we thought we knew about old age in the past and affirms other, long held, traditional views, but most importantly it covers uncharted eighteenth-century ground and brings home the idea that one of the truest tests of any society is how it treats its dependent members, especially its old.' Local Population Studies '... impressively thorough and readable ... This book makes important contributions to historical scholarship in a number of ways. It also demonstrates how what could have been a narrow study of the distant past can stimulate thinking about the role of older people in all times and places.' Population Studies 'This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. ... This important book deserves the attention of urban historians and hopefully will be the touchstone for detailed micro-studies of the elderly in eighteenth-century urban England.' Urban History

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