Charity and Social Welfare

The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Northern Europe, 1780-1920

Leen Van Molle (Editor),

Series: Dynamics of Religious Reform 4

Category: History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462700925

Publication date: February 13, 2017

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Number of pages: 312

Size: 238 x 170 x mm

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Series: Dynamics of Religious Reform 4

Category: History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461662286

ISBN: 9789461662286

Publication date: March 20, 2017

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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.

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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).

Comparing Religious Perspectives on Social Reform An Introduction Leen Van Molle
Bibliography
The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland
Social Welfare and the Churches in England, Scotland and Wales Frances Knight
Social Welfare in Irish Perspective Dáire Keogh
Bibliography
The Low Countries
Social Questions and Catholic Answers Social Reform in Belgium, c. 1780-1920 Leen Van Molle
Church, State, and Citizen Charity in the Netherlands from the Dutch Republic to the Welfare State H.D. van Leeuwen and Marco H.D. van Leeuwen
Reforming Apart Together Dutch Health Care in the Maelstrom of Religious and Professional Rivalry Annelies van Heijst
Bibliography Germany
Poor and Sick Relief in Catholic Germany from the Enlightenment until the Revolution in 1848 Bernhard Schneider
Social Welfare in Catholic Germany, 1850-1920 Andreas Holzem
Diakonie (Welfare and Social Work) and Protestantism in Germany, c. 1780-1920 Katharina Kunter
Bibliography
The Nordic Countries
Social Responsibilities in the Protestant North Denmark and Sweden Nina Javette Koefoed
Christian Social Work in an Age of Crisis and Reform The Case of Norway Aud V. Tà¸nnessen
Bibliography
Index
Authors
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Leen Van Molle

Leen Van Molle is full professor of social history and member of the research group MoSa (Modernity and Society, 1800-2000) at KU Leuven. Her research focuses on the history of Belgian and European social identities, social movements and social policy, and in particular the history of the rural world.

The more welcome is this comprehensive volume, telling in some detail the stories of how the churches in the Northern half of Europe dealt with the social issues that arose along with industrialization, urbanization and the creation of the modern nation states during primarily the 19th century. [...] The book fills a gap in the writing of the social history of Europe
Ninna Edgardh, SZRKG, 111 (2017)

SZRKG

Cet ouvrage collectif est donc particulièrement le bienvenu pour les chercheurs en histoire religieuse et en histoire de la protection sociale. Il apporte ainsi un éclairage neuf sur des aires méconnues de l’historiographie européenne. Même si l’angle transnational n’est peut-être pas suffisamment étoffé sous l’angle des échanges d’expériences et des circulations d’idées et de pratiques, ce livre constitue désormais une référence et il invite à une approche semblable pour l’Europe du Sud, tout autant pluriconfessionnelle avec les Églises d’Orient et les communautés juives et musulmanes. Histoire sociale et histoire religieuse n’ont plus à s’ignorer, mais bien à dialoguer entre elles. Ce livre en est le fruit. Bruno Dumons, www.lemouvementsocial.net

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In alle bijdragen van 'Charity and Social Welfare' wordt duidelijk dat kerkgenootschappen doorheen de lange negentiende eeuw hun caritaswerking moesten herdenken, maar er wel in slaagden om elk op eigen wijze een rol te blijven spelen in het voorzien van sociale bijstand. Omdat in ieder hoofdstuk het belang van context en de eigenheid van de kerkgenootschappen benadrukt wordt, vertelt het boek meer dan een ‘path-dependent’ geschiedenis.Thomas D’haeninck, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Volume 131, Number 2, June 2018

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