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The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840

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The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840. / Lloyd, Sarah.

Suffering and happiness in England 1400-1850: Narratives and Representations. ed. / Joanna Innes; Mike Braddick. 1st. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. (The Past and Present).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Harvard

Lloyd, S 2017, The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840. in J Innes & M Braddick (eds), Suffering and happiness in England 1400-1850: Narratives and Representations. 1st edn, The Past and Present, Oxford University Press, Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198748267.003.0010

APA

Lloyd, S. (2017). The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840. In J. Innes, & M. Braddick (Eds.), Suffering and happiness in England 1400-1850: Narratives and Representations (1st ed.). (The Past and Present). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198748267.003.0010

Vancouver

Lloyd S. The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840. In Innes J, Braddick M, editors, Suffering and happiness in England 1400-1850: Narratives and Representations. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. (The Past and Present). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198748267.003.0010

Author

Lloyd, Sarah. / The Wretch of Today, may be Happy Tomorrow: poverty in England, c 1700-1840. Suffering and happiness in England 1400-1850: Narratives and Representations. editor / Joanna Innes ; Mike Braddick. 1st. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. (The Past and Present).

Bibtex

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