I’m in the mood to put together a new online early modern bibliography (like some I made earlier. But (unlike the previous ones) for this one I want to use our collective resources and make this a collaborative project.
An important topic (for which I’m not aware of any significant online bibliographical resource) is poverty, poor relief and the ‘old’ poor laws in Britain and perhaps British north America, c.1550 to 1834. I’ll try to make a start over the weekend but I want your suggestions!
I’m particularly interested in local studies (which might be hidden away in obscure local history journals and the like) of the poor laws in practice, as administered and experienced. And I’d very much like to include a section on printed and online primary sources, and one on other good online resources.
So, please leave suggestions here in comments, or if you’re feeling shy email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t worry if you don’t have exact bibliographical details to hand, as long as you can produce enough info to make it possible to track references down.
Everyone who contributes a usable reference will get a credit (unless they don’t want to be named) and my gratitude when the bibliography gets put online.
(I’ve been considering the notion of setting up an Early Modern wiki, like the one proposed for South Asia, but it’s certainly not going to happen for a while.)