Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500 / Edition 2

Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500 / Edition 2

by Hugh Cunningham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0582784530

ISBN-13: 9780582784536

Pub. Date: 03/25/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years. Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, taking in Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing

Overview

This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years. Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, taking in Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing considerable differences in the way western societites have understood and valued childhood over time. His survey of parent/child relationships uncovers evidence of parental love, care and, in the frequent cases of child death, grief throughout the period, concluding that there was as much continuity as change in the actual relations of children and adults across these five centuries.

For undergraduate courses in History of the Family, European Social History, History of Children and Gender History.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582784536
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/25/2005
Series:
Studies In Modern History Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
966,302
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Children and Childhood in Ancient and Medieval Europe. 3. The Development of a Middle-class Ideology of Childhood, 1500-1900. 4. Family, Work and School, 1500-1900. 5. Children, Philanthropy and the State in Europe, 1500-1860. 6. Saving the Children, 1830-1920. 7. 'The Century of the Child?' Conclusion. Guide to Further Reading.

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