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How churches in Northern Europe reinvented their role as providers of social relief. Charity is a word that fits well in the history of religion and churches, whereas the concept of social reform seems to belong more to the vocabulary of the modern welfare states. Christian charity found itself, during the long nineteenth century, within the maelstrom of social turmoil. In this context of social unrest, although charity managed to confirm its relevance, it was also subjected to fierce criticism, as well as to substitute state-run forms of social care and insurance. The history of the welfare states remained all too blind to religion. This fourth volume in the series ‘Dynamics of Religious Reform’ unravels how the churches in Britain and Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium shaped and adjusted their understanding of poverty. It reveals how they struggled with the ‘social question’ and often also with the modern nation states to which they belonged. Either in the periphery of public assistance or in a dynamic interplay with the state, political parties and society at large, the churches reinvented their tradition as providers of social relief. Contributors: Andreas Holzem (Universität Tübingen), Dáire Keogh (St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University), Frances Knight (The University of Nottingham), Nina Koefoed (Aarhus Universitet), Katharina Kunter (Germany), Bernhard Schneider (Universität Trier), Aud V. Tønnessen (Universitetet Oslo), Annelies van Heijst (Tilburg University), H.D. van Leeuwen and M.H.D. van Leeuwen (Universiteit Utrecht), Leen Van Molle (KU Leuven).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Comparing Religious Perspectives on Social Reform: An Introduction
  2. Leen Van Molle
  3. pp. 7-38
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  1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland
  1. Social Welfare and the Churches in England, Scotland and Wales
  2. Frances Knight
  3. pp. 41-70
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  1. Social Welfare in Irish Perspective
  2. Dáire Keogh
  3. pp. 71-98
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  1. The Low Countries
  1. Social Questions and Catholic Answers: Social Reform in Belgium, c. 1780-1920
  2. Leen Van Molle
  3. pp. 101-122
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  1. Church, State, and Citizen: Charity in the Netherlands from the Dutch Republic to the Welfare State
  2. H.D. van Leeuwen and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen
  3. pp. 123-146
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  1. Reforming Apart Together: Dutch Health Care in the Maelstrom of Religious and Professional Rivalry
  2. pp. 147-170
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  1. Germany
  1. Poor and Sick Relief in Catholic Germany from the Enlightenment
  2. Bernhard Schneider
  3. pp. 173-192
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  1. Social Welfare in Catholic Germany, 1850-1920
  2. Andreas Holzem
  3. pp. 193-220
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  1. Diakonie (Welfare and Social Work) and Protestantism in Germany
  2. Katharina Kunter
  3. pp. 221-248
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  1. The Nordic Countries
  1. Social Responsibilities in the Protestant North: Denmark and Sweden
  2. Nina Javette Koefoed
  3. pp. 251-280
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  1. Christian Social Work in an Age of Crisis and Reform: The Case of Norway
  2. Aud V. Tønnessen
  3. pp. 281-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-308
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  1. Authors
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461662286
Print ISBN
9789462700925
MARC Record
OCLC
987911322
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-01
Language
English
Open Access
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