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Author Sonnelitter, Karen, author
Title Charity movements in eighteenth-century Ireland : philanthropy and improvement / Karen Sonnelitter
Imprint Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, 2016
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HV250.3 S699 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001319227
Descript xi, 205 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Series Irish historical monograph series, 1740-1097 ; [16]
Irish historical monographs series ; 16
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-196) and index
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 Anglo-Irish state. Improvers reflected Enlightenment-era optimism about the perfectibility of society and saw themselves as serving the interests and aspirations of the nation
Subject Social service -- Ireland -- History -- 18th century
Charities -- Ireland -- History -- 18th century
Humanitarianism -- Ireland -- History -- 18th century
Ireland -- History -- 18th century
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