Civic Charity in a Golden Age: ORPHAN CARE IN EARLY MODERN AMSTERDAM
by Anne McCants
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Cloth: 978-0-252-02333-0
Library of Congress Classification HV1210.A52B86 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.732

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
    Using the Amsterdam Municipal Orphanage as a window through which readers
        can see the start of profound social and economic changes in early modern
        Amsterdam, Civic Charity in a Golden Age explores the connections
        between the developing capitalist economy, the functioning of the government,
        and the provision of charitable services to orphans in Amsterdam during
        the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the period of the city's greatest
        prosperity and subsequent decline.
      Anne McCants skillfully interprets details of the orphanage's expenditures,
        especially for food; its population; the work records of those who were
        reared there; and the careers of the regents who oversaw it. The establishment
        of the orphanage itself was called for by the changing economic needs
        of rapidly expanding commercial centers and the potential instability
        of a government that depended on taxes from a large, politically powerless
        segment of the population.
 
 

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