This early work by Beatrice Webb was originally published in 1909 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Break-Up of the Poor Law' is a great insight into the historical effects of social policies and their relevance to the general population. Beatrice Potter Webb was born in Gloucester, England in 1858. Educated at home by a governess, she also travelled widely and, due to this, gained a keen interest in sociology. Using the valuable resource of her father's library, studying became a passion, and she soon began to conduct her own sociological investigations. However, it was a time she spent with relatives in Lancashire, that Beatrice had her first glimpse of the working classes and their way of life. In 1913, along with her husband, Beatrice created the New Statesman, which grew to become an incredibly influential publication. They also founded the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1895. The Webb's, together, wrote eleven volumes of work which arguably shaped the way subsequent scholars thought about sociology.