Taking the Hard Road: Life Course in French and German Workers' Autobiographies in the Era of Industrialization / Edition 1

Taking the Hard Road: Life Course in French and German Workers' Autobiographies in the Era of Industrialization / Edition 1

by Mary Jo Maynes, Mary J. Maynes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807844977

ISBN-13: 9780807844977

Pub. Date: 05/22/1995

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Taking the Hard Road is an engaging history of growing up in working-class families in France and Germany during the Industrial Revolution. Based on a reading of ninety autobiographical accounts of childhood and adolescence, the book explores the far-reaching historical transformations associated with the emergence of modern industrial capitalism. According

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Taking the Hard Road is an engaging history of growing up in working-class families in France and Germany during the Industrial Revolution. Based on a reading of ninety autobiographical accounts of childhood and adolescence, the book explores the far-reaching historical transformations associated with the emergence of modern industrial capitalism. According to Mary Jo Maynes, the aspects of private life revealed in these accounts played an important role in historical development by actively shaping the authors' social, political, and class identities. The stories told in these memoirs revolve around details of everyday life: schooling, parent-child relations, adolescent sexuality, early experiences in the workforce, and religious observances. Maynes uses demographics, family history, and literary analysis to place these details within the context of historical change. She also draws comparisons between French and German texts, men's and women's accounts, and narratives of social mobility and political militancy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807844977
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/22/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
1,041,542
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Surveying the Terrain: Autobiography, Life Course, and the History of Class Identities in Nineteenth-Century Europe1
2Notebooks from the Road: How Workers Became Autobiographers31
3The First Missteps: The Wrong Sort of Childhood63
4Directions Learned in School85
5Leaving Childhood Behind101
6Sex and Destiny129
7Setting a Course153
8Conclusion: Autobiography and History187
Notes207
Bibliography227
Index261

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