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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Evolution of the British Welfare State

A History of Social Policy since the Industrial Revolution

Edition 5th Edition
ISBN 9781137605887
Publication Date August 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

Remaining one of the most widely used and highly regarded introductions to the history of British social policy and social ideas, this text is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in how and why Britain created the first Welfare State. It offers the only survey of the whole period, from the late eighteenth century to the present day, now including discussion of the Coalition and Theresa May’s early Prime Ministership.

This fifth edition contains:

  •           Fully updated chapters, reflecting recent research and historiographical debates
  •           A new overview conclusion, identifying key issues in modern British social history
  •           A revised bibliography and comprehensive appendix of historical documents

Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside, UK, where he was formerly Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive. He was also previously Professor of British History at UCLA, USA.

List of Tables.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Select Time Chart, 1801-2016.- Introduction: Perspectives on the History of Welfare
1. The Factory Question - 2. The Poor Law
3. Public Health
4. Education and Welfare
5. Laissez-faire and State Intervention in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
6. The Growing Awareness of Poverty
7. Liberal Social Policy, 1905-14
8. Politics and Policy, 1914-39
9. War and Welfare in the 1940s
10. The Welfare State in Modern Britain
Two Centuries of Welfare History: An Overview
Documentary Appendix.- Notes and References.- Select Bibliography.- Index.


Praise for the 4th edition:
'There is no better account of how the British welfare state evolved over two centuries than Derek Fraser's book. Now revised and updated, it continues to provide a lively and authoritative history of the period from the industrial revolution to the present day.' - David Martin, University of Sheffield, UK
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