1. The revolutionary era, 1770-1815; 2. Population and poverty; 3. Rural society and the problems of poverty; 4. Working in the cities; 5. Life in the cities; 6. Charity and welfare.
This book is a major history of the dramatic changes in the lives of poor women in nineteenth-century Europe.
Rachel G. Fuchs is Professor of History at the Arizona State University. Her previous publications include Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century (1992) and Gender and the Politics of Social Reform in France, 1870-1914 (1995) as co-editor.
"Fuchs has written an outstanding and ambitious study gender and poverty in nineteenth-century Europe." Judith F. Stone, Western Michigan University, Journal of Interdisciplinary History