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From the PublisherAn exciting historical journey with a fresh approach, this new work is accessibly written, and well-documented, with penetrating insights. It is a valuable addition as a text, reference, or intellectual adventure, lighting up the dynamism of the developmental field, its origins, relationships, and effects, comprehensively from ancient to modern times. Admirably revealed is the humanity of the prominent figures and especially their major issues that can still be compelling sources of concern.
Edwin Hollander, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
This important scholarly book puts developmental psychology into a historical framework and describes how the changing conceptions of childhood and development throughout history have been shaped by the larger cultural environment. This raises the critical question of how our current social world will shape the future course of human development.
Gwendolyn L. Gerber, John Jay College of Criminal Justice