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Debtors’ prisons: Dickensian horrors or economic successes?

Debtors’ prisons: Dickensian horrors or economic successes?

Update: 2022-11-301
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Debtors’ prisons were a major feature of Georgian society in England and Wales. But how did the idea of locking up debtors to make them pay their creditors actually work in reality? Dr Alexander Wakelam explains to David Musgrove why, and how, the system worked.



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Debtors’ prisons: Dickensian horrors or economic successes?

Debtors’ prisons: Dickensian horrors or economic successes?