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Duration 4:04

The problem of the poor: faith, science and poverty in 19th century Britain

Dr. John Shaw discusses Victorian attitudes to the poor and how they developed over the 19th century. As the Church tried to decide whether charity was the solution or part of the problem, Victorian science afraid of ‘degeneration’ in Britain began to suggest some sinister solutions of its own.
This podcast is part of The National Archives A level Masterclass and is particularly suitable for AS and A2 students who are considering studying History to degree level

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