Children of the Laboring Poor: Expectation and Experience Among the Orphans of Early Modern Augsburg

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BRILL, 2005 - Social Science - 493 pages
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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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Contents

PART II IN THE ORPHANAGE
125
PART III AFTER THE ORPHANAGE
295
The Worm in the Apple
437
Bibliography
451
Index
479
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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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