ERNA LESKY and HELMUT
- London, Hogarth Press
J. R. HAY, The origins of Liberal welfare reforms 1906-1914, London, Macmillan, 1975, 8vo, pp. 78, 85p. (paperback). The Liberal government of 1906 to 1914 introduced old-age pensions, insurance against illness and unemployment, school meals and medical services for children. From the point of view of the social and economic historian this remarkable series of reforms is of great interest, and the reasons for it have never been adequately explained. The purpose of the author's excellent book is to explore the complex origins of these enlightened measures. It also provides an excellent background survey for the medical historian studying the social history of medicine and for this purpose it can be unreservedly recommended. It is brief, well written, adequately documented, and cheap.