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Charity Movements in Eighteenth-Century Ireland : Philanthropy and Improvement (Hardcover) (Karen

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The philanthropic impulse to engage in charitable work and to encourage economic "improvement" was sharpened in eighteenth century Ireland as Irish Protestants became increasingly aware of the threat that social problems, such as poverty, disease and criminality, posed to their rule. One response to this threat was the establishment of a number of voluntary societies which sought to address the different problems plaguing Ireland. This book examines a number of these voluntary societies, including those concerned with promoting education, supporting hospitals, and improving agriculture and manufacturing. It shows how these movements differed from earlier efforts in organisation, method and aims, and demonstrates the connection between religiously motivated charities, Enlightenment inspired scientific societies, and the Irish government. It pays particular attention to the role of women, both as supporters of, and objects of, charity. It argues that, together, these movements aspired to purge Ireland of what they saw as destabilising factors that weakened the nation; that "improvement" encompassed the physical, economic, social, religious and moral aspects of Irish society that were perceived as in need of reform; that improvers reflected Enlightenment era optimism about the perfectibility of society and saw themselves as serving the interests and aspirations of the nation. Karen Sonnelitter is an Assistant Professor of History at Siena College, Loudonville, New York. She completed her doctorate at Purdue University.
Number of Pages: 205.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Ireland
Series Title: Irish Historical Monograph
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Karen Sonnelitter
Language: English
Street Date: June 17, 2016
TCIN: 50810867
UPC: 9781783270682
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-7826

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