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The decline of life : old age in eighteenth-century England

Author: Susannah R Ottaway
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge Univ. Press 2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Digital printing version 2007View all editions and formats

This is an important study of the history of ageing. Ottaway combines a comprehensive survey of existing literature with original interpretation and analysis of available data, using a wide variety  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susannah R Ottaway
ISBN: 0521037921 9780521037921
OCLC Number: 838148315
Description: XIV, 322 Seiten Diagramme
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Susannah R. Ottaway
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'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 Read more...

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