London lives: poverty, crime and the making of a modern city, 1690-1800

Hitchcock, Tim and Shoemaker, Robert (2015) London lives: poverty, crime and the making of a modern city, 1690-1800. Cambridge University Press, Cambrdge. ISBN 9781107025271

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Abstract

London Lives is a fascinating new study which exposes, for the first time, the lesser-known experiences of eighteenth-century thieves, paupers, prostitutes and highwaymen. It charts the experiences of hundreds of thousands of Londoners who found themselves submerged in poverty or prosecuted for crime, and surveys their responses to illustrate the extent to which plebeian Londoners influenced the pace and direction of social policy. Calling upon a new body of evidence, the book illuminates the lives of prison escapees, expert manipulators of the poor relief system, celebrity highwaymen, lone mothers and vagrants, revealing how they each played the system to the best of their ability in order to survive in their various circumstances of misfortune. In their acts of desperation, the authors argue that the poor and criminal exercised a profound and effective form of agency that changed the system itself, and shaped the evolution of the modern state.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Hisotory, London, Digital History, Pauper Agency, eighteenth century
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA090 Antiquities. General works
Depositing User: Timothy Hitchcock
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 11:24
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 15:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58047

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