Health Care and Poor Relief in Protestant Europe, 1500-1700


The involvement of society in health care has become controversial in the last decade. Health Care and Poor Relief in protestant Europe edited by Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham, investigates the conditions under which early modern Protestant societies in northern Europe first became involved in health care and poor relief.As well as providing a comparative overview of the development of health care, Health Care and Poor Relief also explores the ideological origin of communal welfare schemes. The book argues that the changes in welfare from 1500 to 1700 were generated by the new duties that the Reformation put upon Protestants for the welfare of the community. This book charts the concern with the physical and moral welfare of the poor and how this led to the founding of hospitals and, somewhat later, the creation of workhouses in order to put the poor to work. Health Care and Poor Relief in Protestant Europe draws on research to document how urban poverty was perceived and dealt with in the early modern period. With contributions from international and leading scholars, this volume maps the general pattern of development by which individual Catholic charity was transformed into a communal system of welfare.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Ole Peter Grell
  • Andrew Cunningham
  • Jonathan I. Israel
  • Hugo Soly
  • Robert Jütte
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1997


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