Influential Study of English Poor Law by an Important Reformer Nicholls, Sir George. A History of the English Poor Law in Connection with the State of the Country and the Condition of the People. Originally published: London: P.S. King, 1904. 2 Vols. lxxvii, 384 pp; vii, 460 pp. [With] Mackay, Thomas. A History of the English Poor Law. Volume 3: From 1834 to the present time . Being a Supplementary Volume to "A History of the English Poor Law. xv, 617 pp. Together 3 Volumes. Reprinted 2007 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584776918; ISBN-10: 1584776919. Hardcover. New. $295. * Reprint of the final edition containing revisions made by the author and a biography, along with the supplementary volume by Thomas Mackay. Nicholls [1781-1865] was a pioneering poor-law reformer and administrator. While Great Britain's Poor Law Commissioner he drafted the Irish Poor-Law Act (1832). One of the first to assert that relief bred a culture of dependency and a resistance to work, he advocated the abolition of relief except as a last resort. In addition to the present study he wrote A History of the Scotch Poor Law (1856) and A History of the Irish Poor Law (1856), both of which are available in reprint editions by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. Like his other studies, this one relates the evolution of poor laws since the medieval era to economic, social and political history. Notably sophisticated works, they were held in high regard by Sir Leslie Stephen and F.W. Maitland.
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