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From the Publisher"Heywood eschews overgeneralizations about childhood in France and instead provides readers with a great diversity of childhood experiences varying by class, gender, regions of France, and even according to individual family dynamics. He allows us to understand better what growing up meant to the children of France."
-Rachel G. Fuchs, Arizona State University, American Historical Review
"Colin Heywood's new study is a major contribution to a reorientation of the historiography of childhood.... By concentrating on how children felt about their experiences, Heywood has clearly made an enduring contribution not just to the historiography of childhood but also to a field that I would like to see receive more attention: the history of emotions." -H-Net, Anne Rose
"...a wide-ranging, broadly researched, and learned book that innovates by encompassing childhood and adolescence, which are usually treated separately by historians, and marrying adult ideas with youthful experiences. Heywood's analysis is admirably sensitive to the importance of gender, socioeconomic background, geographic locations, and religion in shaping of young lives...a study of considerable importance for French historians, social historians, and historians of childhood and youth." —Canadian Journal of History
"The book will serve as an excellent introduction to important aspects of growing up between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, while specialists will find it an interesting model for how to examine broad processes of social and cultural change at the individual level."
The Historian, Christopher R. Corley, Minnesota State University- Mankato