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Kith, Kin, and NeighborsCommunities and Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Wilno$
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David Frick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451287

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451287.001.0001

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Old Age and Poor Relief

Old Age and Poor Relief

Chapter:
(p.322) Chapter Thirteen Old Age and Poor Relief
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Kith, Kin, and Neighbors
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David Frick

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451287.003.0013

This chapter investigates public and private strategies for providing care for the poor, sick, elderly, and otherwise weak in Wilno. As throughout this book, the underlying concern here is to assess the extent to which the strategies for the organization and delivery of poor relief, broadly construed, were limited by confessional, linguistic, and ethnic boundaries, and to what extent they crossed those boundaries. The chapter focuses on the larger Christian community, as this is where the main sources lie, although it refers to some aspects of Jewish and Tatar strategies by way of comparison at certain points. The discussion here moves across a continuum from the public to the private, from centralized to decentralized approaches to the problem of bringing relief to the poor.

Keywords:   poor relief, Christian aid strategies, Jewish aid strategies, Tatar aid strategies, elderly Vilnans, poor Vilnans, sick Vilnans

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