Family Life in Early Modern Times, 1500-1789: The History of the European Family, Volume 1

Family Life in Early Modern Times, 1500-1789: The History of the European Family, Volume 1

by David I. Kertzer, Marzio Barbagli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300089716

ISBN-13: 9780300089714

Pub. Date: 12/17/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book inaugurates a major three-volume history of the family in Europe over the past five hundred years. In the series, eminent European and American social historians present a fresh reading of family life in Europe, explaining how families and family relations differed across Europe and how and why they changed over time.

This volume deals with family life in

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This book inaugurates a major three-volume history of the family in Europe over the past five hundred years. In the series, eminent European and American social historians present a fresh reading of family life in Europe, explaining how families and family relations differed across Europe and how and why they changed over time.

This volume deals with family life in Europe -- and the institutional, economic, political, and cultural forces that transformed it -- from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. Chapters consider, for example, the family's housing, diet, and domestic organization; the nature of family law; the impact of religious change; demographic factors such as disease and childhood mortality; relations between parents and children; and the effect of changing trends in marriage, divorce, and extended kin relationships. Using research techniques from the social sciences as well as new insights from cultural and gender history and the history of sexuality, the contributors present a vivid picture of family life in early modern times that will forever change our image of that era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089714
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/17/2001
Series:
History of the European Family Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.52(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Introductionix
Part IEconomy and Family Organization
1The Material Conditions of Family Life3
2Serfdom in Eastern Europe24
3Proto-industrialization63
Part IIState, Religion, Law, and the Family
4Developments in European Family Law87
5The Impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation125
Part IIIDemographic Forces
6Mortality, Fertility, and Family157
Part IVFamily Relations
7Parent-Child Relations191
8Marriage, Widowhood, and Divorce221
9Kinship: Thin Red Lines or Thick Blue Blood257
Notes288
References308
Authors353
Index355

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