Sex, illegitimacy and social change in industrializing Britain

  title={Sex, illegitimacy and social change in industrializing Britain},
  author={Emma Griffin},
  journal={Social History},
  pages={139 - 161}
  • E. Griffin
  • Published 1 May 2013
  • History, Economics
  • Social History
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