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The Evolution of National Insurance:
The Origins of the Welfare State.

New Introduction by Pat Thane

Bentley B. Gilbert

About this book

Professor Gilbert’s extensive researches provided much new material, for the history of how the British government created the physical, educational and welfare institutions in response to the problems of poverty and access to essential services.

About the author


“This tightly packed, scholarly volume offers us by far the best account available of the late Victorian and Edwardian origins of what later was to be called ‘the welfare state’.” – Professor Asa Briggs, Political Science Quarterly.

“The best books on the launching of National Health Insurance are, unquestionably, Lloyd George’s Ambulance Wagon by W.J. Braithwaite and The Evolution of National Insurance in Great Britain. The Origins of the Welfare State by Bentley B. Gilbert.” – John Grigg.