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

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Overview

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 Illustrations vii
Introduction ix
Part I Economy and Family Organization
1 The Material Conditions of Family Life 3
2 Serfdom in Eastern Europe 24
3 Proto-industrialization 63
Part II State, Religion, Law, and the Family
4 Developments in European Family Law 87
5 The Impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation 125
Part III Demographic Forces
6 Mortality, Fertility, and Family 157
Part IV Family Relations
7 Parent-Child Relations 191
8 Marriage, Widowhood, and Divorce 221
9 Kinship: Thin Red Lines or Thick Blue Blood 257
Notes 288
References 308
Authors 353
Index 355
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