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Children of the Laboring Poor (Studies in Central European Histories)

Thomas Max Safley

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ISBN 10: 0391042246 / ISBN 13: 9780391042247
Published by Brill Academic Publishers, 2005
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Title: Children of the Laboring Poor (Studies in ...

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1St Edition - may be Reissue.

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A companion volume to Charity and Economy in the Orphanages of Early Modern Augsburg, this book takes up the agency and individuality of the laboring poor and their children. It examines the economic lives of poor, distressed, or truncated families on the basis of 5,734 biographical descriptions of children who passed through the City, Catholic, and Lutheran orphanages of Augsburg between 1572 and 1806. Studied in conjunction with administrative, criminal, and fiscal records of various sorts, these “Orphan Books” reveal the laboring poor as flexible and adaptive. Their fates were determined neither by the poverty they suffered nor the charity they received. Rather, they responded to changing economic and social conditions by using Augsburg’s orphanages to extend their resources, care for their children, and create opportunities. The findings will interest historians of poverty, charity, labor, and the Reformation.

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Thomas Max Safley, Ph.D. (1980) in History, University of Wisconsin at Madison, is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively on the economic and social history of early modern Europe, including among others Let No Man Put Asunder (1984), Charity and Economy (1996) and Matheus Miller's Memoir (2000).

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