The influence of hunger marches - including the Jarrow crusade - on the establishment of a postwar welfare state.
The Depression era in the USA, when economic and environmental catastrophe prompted thousands of impoverished farmers to migrate westwards to California.
Despite the chaotic effects of economic collapse, many people have lived without recourse to conventional work.
Has unemployment been the cause of violence in areas like Brixton, Toxteth and Moss Side?
A summing-up of contemporary attitudes to unemployment in the post-industrial economy.