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Patriots and paupers [electronic resource] : Hamburg, 1712-1830 /
Mary Lindemann.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
description
vii, 339 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195061403 (acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
isbn
0195061403 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
13106615
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-328) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-04:
A detailed, descriptive analysis of efforts to ameliorate poverty in 18th-century Hamburg. By providing a compelling case study of this undoubtedly atypical but significant city, Lindemann helps readers better understand the history of Germany's cities, of its middle classes, and of modernization in general. Lindemann's interpretation both augments and contrasts with Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish (CH, May'78) and Marc Raeff's The Well-Ordered Police State (1983) which argue that the 18th-century state sought to institutionalize, repress, and control its impoverished subjects. Instead, Lindemann shows that beyond an inability to control the burgeoning underclasses, poor relief in Hamburg was an act of patriotism, "an integral part of governing that responded intelligently to. . .an economic revolution, the dying of an old paternalist system of governing, the slow germination of nineteenth-century liberal beliefs, and the realities of population growth." With tables, 80 pages of instructive notes, and an exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary sources, this book is strongly recommended for all academic libraries with holdings in the history of Germany, cities, or poor relief. -D. R. Skopp, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Reviews
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"An exemplary work, it may serve as a model for the general student of Western welfare institutions. Her lively style and penetrating analyses get at the heart of Hamburg's patriotic reformism."--American Historical Review
"An impressive book....Lindemann's lively prose conveys the 'particularity' of Hamburg's traditions and the distinctiveness of its commercial situation while keeping her story set within a larger pattern of urban economic and demographic change."--German Studies Review
"A rich and satisfying contribution to eighteenth-century German scholarship and to urban history in general....A superb study."--The Historian
"A sophisticated study that accomplishes its goals impressively. Lindemann's book offers valuable insights to scholars interested in the history of the old regimes, the enlightenment, comparative urban and social institutions, as well as issues of public welfare policy."--Journal ofInterdisciplinary History
"By providing a compelling case study of this undoubtedly atypical but significant city, Lindemann helps readers better understand the history of Germany's cities, of its middle classes, and of modernization in general....Strongly recommended."--Choice
"Distinctive....In this thoroughly researched and widely referenced book, Lindemann is at her best when sympathetically re-presenting the Hamburg patriots of the eighteenth century."--Journal of Modern History
"Lindemann's panorama of the politics of poverty illuminates the workings of local government by showing-sometimes in extravagant detail-how it responded to structural, social and economic change in the eighteenth century. Although crucial archival materials had been destroyed by fire andbombing, Patriots and Paupers deftly shows how changing population patterns, economic transformations, and warfare placed new pressures on old institutions."--Journal of Urban History
"Offers much in the way of new knowledge about ideological interactions among cameralism, enlightenment, and civic tradition within eighteenth-century urban elites and how these shaped reform policy."--Journal of Social History
"Thoroughly researched and widely referenced." --Journal of Modern History
"Thoroughly researched and widely referenced." --Journal of Modern History "Distinctive....In this thoroughly researched and widely referenced book, Lindemann is at her best when sympathetically re-presenting the Hamburg patriots of the eighteenth century."--Journal of Modern History "A rich and satisfying contribution to eighteenth-century German scholarship and to urban history in general....A superb study."--The Historian "A sophisticated study that accomplishes its goals impressively. Lindemann's book offers valuable insights to scholars interested in the history of the old regimes, the enlightenment, comparative urban and social institutions, as well as issues of public welfare policy."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Offers much in the way of new knowledge about ideological interactions among cameralism, enlightenment, and civic tradition within eighteenth-century urban elites and how these shaped reform policy."--Journal of Social History
"Thoroughly researched and widely referenced." -- Journal of Modern History "Distinctive....In this thoroughly researched and widely referenced book, Lindemann is at her best when sympathetically re-presenting the Hamburg patriots of the eighteenth century."-- Journal of Modern History "A rich and satisfying contribution to eighteenth-century German scholarship and to urban history in general....A superb study."-- The Historian "A sophisticated study that accomplishes its goals impressively. Lindemann's book offers valuable insights to scholars interested in the history of the old regimes, the enlightenment, comparative urban and social institutions, as well as issues of public welfare policy."-- Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Offers much in the way of new knowledge about ideological interactions among cameralism, enlightenment, and civic tradition within eighteenth-century urban elites and how these shaped reform policy."-- Journal of Social History
"Thoroughly researched and widely referenced." --Journal of Modern History "Distinctive....In this thoroughly researched and widely referenced book, Lindemann is at her best when sympathetically re-presenting the Hamburg patriots of the eighteenth century."--Journal of Modern History "A rich and satisfying contribution to eighteenth-century German scholarship and to urban history in general....A superb study."--The Historian "A sophisticated study that accomplishes its goals impressively. Lindemann's book offers valuable insights to scholars interested in the history of the old regimes, the enlightenment, comparative urban and social institutions, as well as issues of public welfare policy."--Journal ofInterdisciplinary History "Offers much in the way of new knowledge about ideological interactions among cameralism, enlightenment, and civic tradition within eighteenth-century urban elites and how these shaped reform policy."--Journal of Social History
"Well-written and well-conceived..."--The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography
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Summaries
Long Description
Like many European cities, Hamburg experienced enormous growth in the eighteenth century, and with it a dramatic increase in the urban poor population. This book is a study of that city's response to the enormous changes in the political and social structure brought on by dramatic demographic change.
Long Description
Patriots and Paupers carefully analyzes a crucial juncture in the history of a great city: Hamburg's passage from the pre-modern into the modern world. Despite the relative wealth of historical literature on Reformation Germany and on Germany after unification, few English-language histories have addressed the events of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mary Lindemann here details issues associated with poor relief--indigency, mendicancy, public health, labor regulation, social control, and disciplining--then uses these as springboards to broader historical debates. She draws out the subtle yet decisive political shift from the paternalistic dirigisme of a government of fathers and uncles to the socio-economic laissez-faire of early liberalism, and locates this political metamorphosis firmly within the framework of Hamburg's dynamic economic development and dramatic demographic growth. She links these political and social changes to the intellectual, cultural, and prosopographical contexts of the German Enlightenment. Far more than a history of poverty and social welfare policies, Patriots and Paupers explores the critical interconnections between economics, demographics, social change, and government in the closing years of the European Old Regime.
Main Description
Patriots and Paupers carefully analyzes a crucial juncture in the history of a great city: Hamburg's passage from the pre-modern into the modern world. Despite the relative wealth of historical literature on Reformation Germany and on Germany after unification, few English-language historieshave addressed the events of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mary Lindemann here details issues associated with poor relief--indigency, mendicancy, public health, labor regulation, social control, and disciplining--then uses these as springboards to broader historical debates. Shedraws out the subtle yet decisive political shift from the paternalistic dirigisme of a government of fathers and uncles to the socio-economic laissez-faire of early liberalism, and locates this political metamorphosis firmly within the framework of Hamburg's dynamic economic development anddramatic demographic growth. She links these political and social changes to the intellectual, cultural, and prosopographical contexts of the German Enlightenment. Far more than a history of poverty and social welfare policies, Patriots and Paupers explores the critical interconnections betweeneconomics, demographics, social change, and government in the closing years of the European Old Regime.
Main Description
Patriots and Paupers carefully analyzes a crucial juncture in the history of a great city: Hamburg's passage from the pre-modern into the modern world. Despite the relative wealth of historical literature on Reformation Germany and on Germany after unification, few English-language histories have addressed the events of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mary Lindemann here details issues associated with poor relief--indigency, mendicancy, public health, labor regulation, social control, and disciplining--then uses these as springboards to broader historical debates. She draws out the subtle yet decisive political shift from the paternalistic dirigism of a government of fathers and uncles to the socio-economic laissez-faire of early liberalism, and locates this political metamorphosis firmly within the framework of Hamburg's dynamic economic development and dramatic demographic growth. She links these political and social changes to the intellectual, cultural, and prosopographical contexts of the German Enlightenment. Far more than a history of poverty and social welfare policies, Patriots and Paupers explores the critical interconnections between economics, demographics, social change, and government in the closing years of the European Old Regime.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Politics and Povertyp. 13
A German Amsterdamp. 33
Citizens, Inhabitants, and Othersp. 48
Patriots and the Redefinition of Poverty, 1712-1785p. 74
The Reorganization of Poor Relief, 1786-1788p. 100
The General Poor Relief, 1788-1799: Triumphs and Enthusiasmsp. 135
The General Poor Relief, 1799-1830: Decline and Rebirth?p. 177
Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 329
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