The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time)

Ottaway, Susannah R.

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This book presents an important study of the history of ageing. Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time. Num Pages: 340 pages, 21 tables. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 3JF; HBTB; JFSP31. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 164 x 22. Weight in Grams: 532. . 2007. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Susannah Ottaway combines a comprehensive survey of existing literature on the history of ageing with original interpretation and analysis of available data. Using a wide variety of sources (literature, correspondence, poor house and workhouse documents and diaries), Ottaway's account of the experiences of the aged reveals attitudes in eighteenth-century England that shed light on contemporary aging issues by historical comparison.

Book Description: The Decline of Life is an important new study of the history of ageing. Susannah Ottaway combines a comprehensive survey of existing literature on the subject with original interpretation and analysis of available data, using a wide variety of sources--literature, correspondence, poor house and workhouse documents and diaries. She illuminates the condition of the old, their experience, attitudes to them in eighteenth-century England and sheds light on contemporary ageing by historical comparison. Her lively and sophisticated analysis will be of great interest to scholars in British and social history.

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