(Source: Cambridge University Press)
Cambridge University Press has just published a book on 19th century workplace accidents and their role in the early development of the social state.
ABOUT THE BOOK
During the late nineteenth century, many countries across Europe adopted national legislation that required employers to compensate workers injured or killed in accidents at work. These laws suggested that the risk of accidents was inherent to work and not due to individual negligence. By focusing on Britain, Germany, and Italy during this time, Julia Moses demonstrates how these laws reflected a major transformation in thinking about the nature of individual responsibility and social risk. The First Modern Risk illuminates the implications of this conceptual revolution for the role of the state in managing problems of everyday life, transforming understandings about both the obligations and rights of individuals. Drawing on a wide array of disciplines including law, history, and politics, Moses offers a fascinating transnational view of a pivotal moment in the evolution of the welfare state.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julia Moses, University of Sheffield
Julia Moses is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Sheffield, co-founder and co-chair of the Risk, Policy and Law Research Group at Sheffield Centre for Medical Humanities, and currently Marie Curie Fellow in Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Her previous publications include The Impact of Ideas on Legal Development (with Michael Lobban; 2012) and Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories (2017).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. Accidents, freedom and modernity in the nineteenth century
2. Occupational risk, work and the nation state
3. Spreading risk, forging solidarity
4. Taking risks and dismissing fate
5. Workers, citizens and the state
6. Risk societies as 'people's communities'
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