Poverty in the German Empire 1885 – selected regions.

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Schallmann, Jürgen
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • History
    • Social welfare policy
  • Abstract

    The Imperial Statistical Office of the German Empire carried out an investigation on poverty and collected for 1885 detailed data on the extent of municipal care for poor people. Due to this data collection the number of persons, the extent of the assistance provided, and the reasons for the social need can be specified exactly. The sources of this data are the official statistical publication of the German Empire, the statistical yearbook. The author suggests to make further investigations on the basis of this data collection using archival sources of German municipalities. In doing so, regional and local data on pauper relief can be verified as well as compared in a broader, supra-regional scale. The data in this study at hand are subcategorized as follows: - Regional Aspects: Each municipal of the Empire collected statistical data. In most cases the bigger relief organizations in cities are listed individually. Smaller rural communities are reported in a summarized category. - Extent of Assistance Provided: Each relief organization compiled a list on the number of the poor people who got care, on their affiliated, and on the extent of the offered assistance. - Cause of the Assistance: The assistance of the poor people is reported by the reason, why the people became poor and needed help. - Finally, nature and level of the offered assistance is listed.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1885
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
    German Reich
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 42
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8592 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Schallmann, Ürgen: Arme und Armut in Göttingen 1860–1914 (Studien zur Geschichte der Stadt Göttingen, Band 25), Göttingen 2014.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2017-03-31