Introduction: Claude Levi-Strauss.
An Anthropological Perspective on Kinship and the Family: Francoise Zonabend.
1. Prehistory of the Family: Claude Masset.
2. From Sumer to Babylon: Families as Landowners and Families as Rulers: Jean-Jacques Glassner.
3. The Survival of the Family Name and the Pharaonic Order: Annie Forgeau.
4. The Desire for Transcendence: the Hebrew Family Model and Jewish Family Practices: Frank Alvarez-Pereyre and Florence Heymann.
5. The Family in Ancient Athens (5th-4th Century BC): Giulia Sissa.
6. Fathers as Citizens of Rome, Rome as a City of Fathers (2nd century BC - 2nd century AD): Yan Thomas.
7. The Family Under the Roman Empire: Signs and Gestures: Aline Rouselle.
II. Medieval Times.
Introduction: Georges Duby.
8. Barbarian Europe: Pierre Guichard and Jean-Pierre Cuvillier.
9. The Carolingian Moment (8th-10th Century): Pierre Toubert.
10. The Feudal Era (11th-13th Century): Robert Fossier.
11. Europe: Town and Country (13th-15th Century): Henri Bresc.
12. Families and Kinships in Byzantium: Evelyne Patlagean.
III. Distant Times.
13. China: the Family as a Relay of Government: Michel Cartier.
14. Japan: a Household Society: Patrick Beillevaire.
15. The World Order and the Family Institution in India: Roland Lardinois.
16. The Family in Arab Islam: Thierry Bianquis.