The Family in the Western World from the Black Death to the Industrial Age / Edition 1

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Pulling together much fascinating information about the family in the pre-industrial Western world, Beatrice Gottlieb presents every aspect of this rich subject with clarity and fairness.
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Gottlieb argues that the modern conception of the family (mom, dad, and the kids) stems from the 19th century when industrialization drove people out of rural areas and into cities. Before that, from the time of the Black Death until the end of the 18th century, families had many different forms. She also argues that we are once again seeing the emergence of new kinds of families, e.g., households headed by gay couples, single-mothers, etc. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195090567
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Beatrice Gottlieb, who has a doctorate in history from Columbia University, is a scholar and translator living in New York City.

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Table of Contents

I A Place and a Social Institution 1
1 The Members of the Household 3
2 Life in the Household 24
II Men and Women in a Special Relationship 47
3 Preliminaries to Marriage 49
4 Weddings 68
5 The Married Couple 89
III Procreation and Education 111
6 Conception and Birth 113
7 Early Childhood 132
8 Upbringing 152
IV Relatives Past, Present, and Future 177
9 Kinship 179
10 The Linking of Generations 201
V Ideas and Ideals 229
11 The Political Role of the Family 231
12 The Emotional Role of the Family 248
Epilogue: Toward the Twenty-first Century 269
Notes 273
Bibliography 285
Illustration Credits 295
Index 299
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