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Poverty, urban
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Early modern urban poverty resulted from the processes of social differentiation that began in the late Middle Ages, urban migration, and the associated growth of towns. Quite soon the self-reinforcement of poverty played an increasing role; at the beginning of the 19th century, it reached its peak (starting in 1810, and in Ireland in the mid-19th century). Urban poverty did not find expression merely in social indi…

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Bräuer, Helmut, “Poverty, urban”, 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 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028030>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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