An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate by Gareth Stedman Jones
Columbia University Press | September 28, 2005 | English | ISBN: 9780231137829 | 288 pages | PDF | 1 MB
In the 1790s, for the first time, reformers proposed bringing poverty to an end. Inspired by scientific progress, the promise of an international economy, and the revolutions in France and the United States, political thinkers such as Thomas Paine and Antoine-Nicolas Condorcet argued that all citizens could be protected against the hazards of economic insecurity. In An End to Poverty? Gareth Stedman Jones revisits this founding moment in the history of social democracy and examines how it was derailed by conservative as well as leftist thinkers.