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On assistance to the poor

Author: Juan Luis Vives; Alice Tobriner; Renaissance Society of America.
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press in association with the Renaissance Society of America, ©1999.
Series: Renaissance Society of America reprint texts, 9.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'I wish we were able to eliminate poverty completely in this city.' Those words echo a sentiment that could have been written yesterday, but represent the feelings of Juan Luis Vives, a Spanish humanist living in Bruges in 1526. The urban problems of sixteenth-century Bruges seem very familiar to the modern reader: poverty, overcrowding, crime, the problems of the mentally ill, and the issue of the responsibility  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Luis Vives; Alice Tobriner; Renaissance Society of America.
ISBN: 9780802082893 0802082890
OCLC Number: 40940456
Language Note: In English; translated from the Latin.
Notes: Reprint. Originally published as A Sixteenth Century Urban Report: Chicago : School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 1971.
Description: vii, 62 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: A Position Paper on Poverty, 1526 --
The Times and the Proposals --
Works in a Similar Vein --
The Old Patterns --
One City's Urban Structure --
The Author within Himself --
The Innovative Mind --
The English Link --
American Counterpart --
Translation of On Assistance to the Poor / Juan Luis Vives. The Obligations of Administrators in a City toward the Poor. Identification and Registration of the Poor. Means of Providing Necessities for These Disadvantaged. Provisions for Children. Supervisors and Their Duties. The Funding of These Proposals. Assisting Those Who Suffer Sudden or Secret Misfortune. Concerning Those Who Will Oppose These Proposals. Nothing Should Stand in the Way of Carrying Out These Proposals. The Material and Spiritual Advantages Which Will Result from These Measures.
Series Title: Renaissance Society of America reprint texts, 9.
Other Titles: De subventione pauperum.
Responsibility: Juan Luis Vives ; translated with introduction and commentary by Alice Tobriner.

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"'I wish we were able to eliminate poverty completely in this city.' Those words echo a sentiment that could have been written yesterday, but represent the feelings of Juan Luis Vives, a Spanish humanist living in Bruges in 1526. The urban problems of sixteenth-century Bruges seem very familiar to the modern reader: poverty, overcrowding, crime, the problems of the mentally ill, and the issue of the responsibility of government for the care of the poor. Published in 1526, On Assistance to the Poor was Vives's effort to bring forward these questions to the City Council of Bruges, and have them addressed by local government. His distinctive development of a single integrated system out of the several practices already in use in Northern Europe presaged the English Poor Laws of 1601 and later laws in the New World." "This edition, originally published in 1971 with an introduction, translation, and commentary by Alice Tobriner, is a valuable primary source in Renaissance social history."--BOOK JACKET.

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