Pat Thane. Old Age in English History: Past Experiences, Present Issues.
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000. 536 pp. £25.00 ISBN 0-19-820382-9.
John Macnicol. The Politics of Retirement in Britain, 1878-1948.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998. 425 pp, £47.50, ISBN 0-52162273- 5.
Research on the history of old age has been an important area of scholarship
in gerontology over the past two decades. From the impetus provided by
Laslett's work in the 1960s and 1970s, historical research had opened out by
the 1980s into what Stearns and Van Tassel viewed as a ‘promising and
provocative subfield of social history’ (1986: ix).