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Slack, Paul

Overview
Works: 33 works in 290 publications in 3 languages and 9,165 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Case studies  Sources  Fictional autobiographies  Bildungsromans  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Other, Composer
Classifications: HT133, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Paul Slack
The impact of plague in Tudor and Stuart England by Paul Slack( Book )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English Towns in transition 1500-1700 by Peter Clark( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and Japanese and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crisis and order in English towns, 1500-1700: essays in urban history by Peter Clark( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays in English urban history covers a period which has been called 'the Dark Ages in English Economic History', on which it directs a revealing light. The essays range from a discussion of the role of ceremony in the civic life of Coventry at teh end of the Middle Ages to the influence of war on London Merchant class at the end of the seventeenth century. This book was first published in 1972
The English poor law, 1531-1782 by Paul Slack( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a synthesis of recent work, explaining the origins of this unique system of welfare, and showing how the poor law played a central role in English social and political development from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution
Epidemics and ideas : essays on the historical perception of pestilence( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From plague to AIDS, epidemics have been the most spectacular diseases to afflict human societies. This volume examines the ways in which these great crises have influenced ideas, how they have helped to shape theological, political and social thought, and how they have been interpreted and understood in the intellectual context of their time." "The first chapters look at classical Athens, early medieval Europe and the Islamic world, in order to establish the intellectual traditions which influenced later developments. Then there are contributions on responses to different epidemics in early modern and modern Europe, where western notions of 'public health' were defined: and chapters on the ways in which disease was perceived outside Europe, in India, Africa and the Pacific, where different intellectual traditions and different disease patterns came together. The final chapters brings us back home, looking at the ways in which policies towards AIDS have been formulated in the 1980s and drawing striking parallels as well as contrasts with the social construction of disease in the more remote past."--Jacket
Rebellion, popular protest, and the social order in early modern England( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty and policy in Tudor and Stuart England by Paul Slack( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From reformation to improvement : public welfare in early modern England by Paul Slack( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between the early sixteenth and the early eighteenth centuries, the character of English social policy and social welfare changed fundamentally. Aspirations for wholesale reformation were replaced by more specific schemes for improvement. Paul Slack's analysis of this decisive shift of focus, derived from his 1995 Ford Lectures, examines its intellectual and political roots. He describes the policies and rhetoric of the commonwealthsmen, godly magistrates, Stuart monarchs, Interregnum projectors, and early Hanoverian philanthropists, and the institutions - notably hospitals and workhouses - which they created or reformed. In a series of thematic chapters, each linked to a chronological period, he brings together what might seem to have been disparate notions and activities, and shows that they expressed a sequence of coherent approaches towards public welfare. The result is a strikingly original study, which throws fresh light on the formation of civic consciousness and the emergence of a civil society in early modern England
Plague : a very short introduction by Paul Slack( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Very Short Introduction explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Paul Slack assesses its causes, which have often been disputed and are now being illuminated by microbiologists and archaeologist, and he looks at possible reasons for its periodic disappearance from whole continents. He shows what plague meant for those who suffered from it, and how governments began to fight against it and in doing so invented modern notions of public health. His focus throughout the book is on how people coped with death and disease in epidemic
Environments and historical change( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the relationship between environmental change and society from the last Ice Age to the present. The book examines the environmental impact of fluctuations in climate and the demand for energy, and the patterns which human societies have imposed on their surroundings, from boundaries to the cultural projections of legends and film. Together they show how insights from the disciplines of geology and geography, history, and anthropology, can throw fresh light on the long-term attachment of people to place."--Jacket
Civil histories : essays presented to Sir Keith Thomas( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Keith Thomas is one of the most innovative and influential of English historians, and a scholar of unusual range. These essays, presented to him on his retirement as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, concentrate on one of the broad themes illuminated by his work - changing notions of civility in the past. From the sixteenth century onwards, civility was a term applied to modes of behaviour as well as to cultural and civic attributes. Its influence extended from styles of language and sexual mores to funeral ceremonies and commercial morality. It was used to distinguish the civil from the barbarous and the English from the Irish and Welsh, and to banish superstition and justify imperialism. The contributors - distinguished historians who have been Keith Thomas's pupils - illustrate the many implications of civility in the early modern period and its shifts of meaning down to the twentieth century. -- Publisher's website
Public duty and private conscience in seventeenth-century England : essays presented to G.E. Aylmer by J. S Morrill( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The tension between public duty and private conscience is a central theme of English history in the seventeenth century, when established authorities were questioned and violently disrupted. It has also been an important theme in the work of one of the foremost historians of the period, G.E. Aylmer. It makes, therefore, an especially appropriate subject for this volume." "The contributors are leading historians, all of whom are friends, colleagues, or former students of Gerald Aylmer. Their topics range from contemporary writings on conscience and duty to the particular problems faced by individuals and groups, both Puritan and Royalist, at the centre and in the localities. These scholarly and original studies throw new light on the innumerable dilemmas of conscience of men and women during this period, and together make a distinguished contribution to seventeenth-century history."--Jacket
The great degeneration [how institutions decay and economies die] by Niall Ferguson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions₇the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail--are degenerating
Managing water resources past and present( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Managing Water Resources, Past and Present is a multi-disciplinary analysis of the evolution of water politics and policy by an international team of distinguished experts. Water management in the Middle Ages in Europe, its evolution in the USA, the elaboration of the European Water Framework Directive, the British experience of water management, the over-exploitation of African aquifers, and the evolution of the water situation in Southern Africa are all examined." "This volume underlines the fact that only an integrative and interdisciplinary understanding can lead to genuinely improved water management practices that will not benefit some social groups at the expense of others."--Jacket
The peopling of Britain : the shaping of a human landscape( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume reviews the way in which, over the centuries, the evolving human presence in Britain has shaped the British landscape and how, in turn, the British landscape has moulded the development of British communities. From the beginnings of human settlement Britain has represented a final frontier for successive waves of colonists, each bringing its own set of cultural adaptations and its own ethos into the landscape. Over time both landscape and culture have matured from raw frontier to settled centre, moulded by the advent of agriculture, towns, and industry, and by streams of migration both within Britain and from outside. The chapters in this book - by archaeologists, historians, and geographers - present an interdisciplinary and accessible account of that long process. Together they trace the various phases of the story, showing how much of it has only recently been unearthed, and how much remains to be discovered
The invention of improvement : information and material progress in seventeenth-century England by Paul Slack( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Improvement was a new concept in seventeenth-century England; only then did it become usual for people to think that the most effective way to change things for the better was not a revolution or a return to the past, but the persistent application of human ingenuity to the challenge of increasing the country's wealth and general wellbeing. Improvements in agriculture and industry, commerce and social welfare, would bring infinite prosperity and happiness. The word improvement was itself a recent coinage. It was useful as a slogan summarising all these goals, and since it had no equivalent in other languages, it gave the English a distinctive culture of improvement that they took with them to Ireland and Scotland, and to their possessions overseas. It made them different from everyone else. The Invention of Improvement explains how this culture of improvement came about. Paul Slack explores the political and economic circumstances which allowed notions of improvement to take root, and the changes in habits of mind which improvement accelerated. It encouraged innovation, industriousness, and the acquisition of consumer goods which delivered comfort and pleasure. There was a new appreciation of material progress as a process that could be measured, and its impact was publicised by the circulation of information about it. It had made the country richer and many of its citizens more prosperous, if not always happier. Drawing on a rich variety of contemporary literature, The Invention of Improvement situates improvement at the centre of momentous changes in how people thought and behaved, how they conceived of their environment and their collective prospects, and how they cooperated in order to change them. --Provided by publisher
Poverty in early-Stuart Salisbury by Paul Slack( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sons and lovers by D. H Lawrence( )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The urban setting by Peter Clark( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Plenty of people' : perceptions of population in early modern England by Paul Slack( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Epidemics and ideas : essays on the historical perception of pestilence
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Paul Slack British historian and lawyer

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The English poor law, 1531-1782Epidemics and ideas : essays on the historical perception of pestilenceRebellion, popular protest, and the social order in early modern EnglandPoverty and policy in Tudor and Stuart EnglandFrom reformation to improvement : public welfare in early modern EnglandEnvironments and historical changeCivil histories : essays presented to Sir Keith ThomasManaging water resources past and present