J. Robin, From childhood to middle age: cohort analysis in Colyton,
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H. Cunningham and P. P. Viazzo (eds.), Child labour in historical
perspective, 1800–1985: case studies from Europe, Japan and Colombia.
(Florence: United Nations Children's Fund, International Child
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L. Marks, Metropolitan maternity: maternal and infant welfare services in
early-twentieth century London. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996.) Pages
A. Walker (ed.), The new generational contract: intergenerational relations,
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These four publications vary significantly in their geographical coverage
and general subject matter, but it is still possible to identify a number of
common themes. They are particularly important for what they reveal
about the links between formal welfare provision, protective legislation,
family care, and the standard of living. They also yield many individual
insights into such matters as family reconstitution, migration, child
labour, working conditions, municipal welfare services, the decline of
infant and maternal mortality, and the possible existence of a demographic
threat to the viability of modern welfare states.