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Pauperism
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1. Concept

Pauperism, as a term denoting mass poverty in the age of early industrialization, first appeared around 1815 in British discourse surrounding reforms to the Poor Law [12]. It was rapidly adopted by political and economic writers in other European languages (French paupérisme, Italian/Spanish pauperismo), and the German Pauperismus became a typical catchword of the Sattelzeit (Koselleck). In France, the expression gained currency through a memorandum …

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Sokoll, Thomas, “Pauperism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025365>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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