Introduction : compassion "properly understood" -- bk. 1. "The arithmetic of woe." Social statistics ; Rising expectations and relative deprivations ; Unemployment and the casual laborer ; The housing of "outcast London" ; The "great depression" and the "great decline" -- bk. 2. Life and labour of the people in London. Charles Booth : a man of property and conscience ; The science of social research ; Poverty and the poor ; "The crux of the problem" ; "Special subjects" : women, children, Jews, the aged ; Religion, morality, ideology ; Booth and Rowntree -- bk. 3. The "time-spirit" : charity and philanthropy. The science of charity ; Model dwellings and model homes ; The Salvation Army and the Barnardo homes ; Toynbee Hall -- bk. 4. Social philosophy and social reform. "Positive" liberalism ; The new radicalism ; The new economics : an "economics of chivalry" -- bk. 5 "We are all socialists now." Land nationalization ; Marxism, English style ; Religious socialism ; Fabianism -- Epilogue : toward the welfare state
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