London Lives: poverty, crime and the making of a modern city, 1690–1800

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages296-297
    Number of pages2
    Volume42
    No.2
    Specialist publicationSocial History
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2017

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    Poverty
    Crime
    Modern Cities
    Celebrity
    Poor Relief
    Modern State
    Thief
    Charts
    Prison
    Misfortune
    Prostitutes
    Social Policy

    Keywords

    • London
    • Poverty
    • Crime
    • Modern City
    • 16th Century
    • 17th Century
    • 18th Century

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