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History in Focus

the guide to historical resources • Issue 14: Welfare •


Houses of Parliament, London, by Claude Monet

Saltaire, built by Sir Titus Salt for his factory workers. British Library Board©



History in Focus invited ten academics to write short pieces on various aspects of the history of welfare from their own research perspectives. The resulting articles cover a broad range of issues, including historical attempts to reduce inequality between citizens - either in health, income, education or general quality of life; how different societies have fulfilled duty of care to their citizens historically; how notions of 'entitlement' to welfare have developed over time; and the different means that have been utilised in the provision of welfare (for example, government-led public services, trade unions, charities and mutual aid-organisations). We hope they will be of interest to historians and students of social, economic and political history.

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