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The Origin of the Welfare State in England and Germany, 1850–1914
Social Policies Compared

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521597708

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  • A comparative study of the origins of the welfare state in England and Germany from 1850 to 1914. Peter Hennock analyses policies on social security and the public provision of medical care, dealing with public poor relief, industrial injury, with sickness, invalidity and old age, and with unemployment. He demonstrates that national insurance has played a larger role in Germany than in Britain from the beginning. The book will appeal to students and scholars of British and European political history, social policy and the welfare state.

    • A groundbreaking comparison of how the two leading industrialising countries of Europe dealt with similar social problems in different ways
    • The thematic approach and numerous tables make the book student-friendly
    • Will appeal to students and scholars in modern British and European social history, social policy and the welfare state
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Hennock has produced an outstanding work, one that represents the best introduction to German social insurance and welfare schemes in the long nineteenth century in any language, and a masterful contribution to Anglo-German comparison."
    -Andreas Fahrmeir, Historisches Seminar, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, H-German

    "Hencock does an excellent job of showing how the evolution of social policy followed different paths in the two major European industrial powers of the nineteenth century and how policy decisions made before 1914 still influence the form taken by social policies in the twenty-first century."
    -George R. Boyer, Cornell University, Journal of Economic History

    "Hennock has managed to draw together his immense knowledge in a focused and analytical fashion that will once again set the standards for comparative historians of welfare."
    -Stefan Berger, University of Manchester, The International History Review

    "E.P. Hennock has a long and distinguished record as a historian of British and German social policy and public administration." -Tony Claydon, American Historical Review

    "Hennock's impressive spadework through the daunting minutiae of policy changes over decades, to which this review cannot do justice, well reveals the structural connections between the origins and the development of the programs in both Britain and Prussia."
    German Studies Review, Roland Spickermann, University of Texas- Permian Basin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521597708
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Public Relief of the Poor:
    1. The national framework
    2. The Urban Poor Law
    Part II. The State and Industrial Injury:
    3. Factory legislation to 1878
    4. German accident insurance
    5. British workmen's compensation
    6. Factory legislation to 1914
    Part III. Sickness, Invalidity, and Old Age:
    7. The friendly societies of England and Wales
    8. From Prussian Hilfskassen to German Krankenkassen
    9. Cash benefits, contribution and coverage in the Friendly Society Era
    10. German invalidity and old age insurance
    11. British old age pensions
    12. National health insurance for Britain
    13. Medical provision in Britain and Germany
    14. Contributions and benefits in the National Insurance era
    15. White-collar insurance
    Part IV. Unemployment:
    16. Unemployment policies in Britain
    17. Unemployment policies in Germany

  • Author

    E. P. Hennock, University of Liverpool
    E. P. Hennock is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Liverpool. He has written Fit and Proper Persons: Ideal and Reality in Nineteenth Century Urban Government (1968), and British Social Reform and German Precedents: The Case of Social Insurance, 1880–1914 (1987).

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