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Success And Failure: Reflections On The Effectiveness Of Early Modern Poor Relief In The Orphanages Of Augsburg

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This chapter takes up the fates of orphans such as Johann Georg Rumpelt or Jeronimus Eberhart in order to ask the question of success and determine its meaning. It acknowledges the complexity of the issue, its multiple aspects and perspectives. The goals of the institution, the support of the community, and the satisfaction of the poor must all be considered in any discussion of the “efficacy” or “success” of poor relief. The chapter examines: how orphans left the orphanages and entered that network of obligation and authority. The concepts that accompanied them and the arrangements that sheltered them may offer new insights into the success of Augsburg’s orphanages. The purpose of Augsburg’s orphanages was less to care for orphans than to enable orphans to care for themselves. Early administrative records support this contention.

Keywords: Augsburg; Jeronimus Eberhart; Johann Georg Rumpelt; orphanages; Orphans; poor relief



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