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The poverty of disaster : debt and insecurity in eighteenth-century Britain

Author: K Tawny Paul
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eighteenth-century Britain is often understood as a time of commercial success, economic growth, and improving living standards. Yet during this period, tens of thousands of men and women were imprisoned for failing to pay their debts. The Poverty of Disaster tells their stories, focusing on the experiences of the middle classes who enjoyed opportunities for success on one hand, but who also faced the prospect of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: K Tawny Paul
ISBN: 9781108496940 1108496946
OCLC Number: 1121100627
Description: xiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The scale of incarceration : debt and the middling sort --
Credit and the economic structures of insecurity --
Social structures of insecurity --
Keeping in credit : reputation and gender --
Occupational identities and the precariousness of work --
Punishing the body : harm and the coercive nature of credit --
The worth of bodies : debt bondage, value and selfhood.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Responsibility: Tawny Paul.

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Eighteenth-century Britain saw significant numbers of the middle classes imprisoned for debt, with many motivated by a fear of financial failure rather than a desire for upward social mobility. This  Read more...

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