The Life and Times of Sir Edwin Chadwick

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Routledge, Sep 19, 2016 - History - 567 pages
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First published in 1952, this is a full-scale and definitive account of the life and work of Sir Edwin Chadwick. Among the sources used are the Chadwick Papers, the Peel, Place, Russell and Gladstone Papers, the Home Office, Treasury and Ministry of Health papers and the minutes and documents of the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers. Centred on this mass of material, this book demonstrates that the great social reforms of the Victorian age should be attributed, not so much to the Cabinets, but to the labours of a handful of civil servants. It also argues that Edwin Chadwick was the most influential of these civil servants and through this illuminating biography, Professor Finer gives an account of early Victorian administration as seen from inside.

This book will be of interest to those studying Victorian social reform, the history of the welfare state and social policy.

 

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Contents

EDWIN CHADWICK
THE FORMATIVE INFLUENCES
THE PHILOSOPHICAL RADICALS
THE GENESIS OF THE POOR LAW AMENDMENT
THE FACTORY
THE POOR LAW REPORT OF 1834
THE POOR LAW COMMISSIONERS
BOOK THREE THE DOMESTIC FIEND OF SOMERSET
THE GENERAL BOARD OF HEALTH
THE BOARD AND THE EPIDEMIC
LONDON BREAKS AWAY
LONDON REGAINED
THE TREASURY INTERVENES
LONDON IN THE BALANCE
LONDON LOST
THE PROVINCES

AND PROMISES FORGOT
THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE
THE POLICE ACT OF 1839
THE SANITARY REPORT OF 1842
THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE SANITARY REPORT
ALL IS NOT WELL AT THE POOR LAW OFFICE
THE ANDOVER SCANDAL BREAKS
HEALTH MOVEMENT
LORD MORPETH
THE LEGISLATION OF 1848
THE CHOLERA
THE ENGINEERS
THE END OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH
BUREAUCRACY AND DEMOCRACY
ON THE MARGIN OF ADMINISTRATION
RETIREMENT
THE KILMARNOCK ELECTION
THE SPENT PROPHET
BIBLIOGRAPHY
CHRONOLOGY
INDEX

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