Centuries of Childhood
Pimlico, 1996 - 414 oldal
In this pioneering and important book, Philippe Aries surveys children and their place in family life from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. The first section of the book explores the gradual change from the medieval attitude to children, looked upon as small adults as soon as they were past infancy, to the seventeenth and eighteenth century awareness of the child as the focal point of family life. Aries goes on to examine the schooling of children and the development of modern educational methods. In the second section, he describes the metamorphosis of the family: at first the family was a unit in which everything was open and public and children mingled with adults in the social life of the community; eventually the family become a closed or private society, within which children had a unique and important status.
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People had no idea of what we call adolescence, and the idea was a long time
taking shape. One can catch a glimpse of it in the eighteenth century in two
characters - one literary, as presented by Cherubin, and the other social, the
From that point, adolescence expanded: it encroached upon childhood in one
direction, maturity in the other. Henceforth marriage, which had ceased to be a '
settling down', would not put an end to it : the married adolescent was to become
the soldier brought about a vague but definite correlation between early
adolescence and the typical soldier. The conscript was no longer the rascally and
often prematurely aged trooper of the seventeenth-century Dutch and Spanish
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I can't remember when I first picked up this book, but it's one that made a deep impression on me because back in my teens I had little appreciation for how deeply alien the past can be. This book is ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása
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