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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But this replacement of apprenticeship by academic instruction, in the upper and
middle classes of society, was not at first universal. Children began by spending
two or three years at school, in the little classes, the big classes still being ...
But this domestic service goes with what we would nowadays call a secretary's
duties : and it is not a permanent condition, but a period of apprenticeship, an
intermediary stage. Thus domestic service was confused with apprenticeship as
There was no room for the school in this transmission by direct apprenticeship
from one generation to another. In fact, the school, the Latin school, which was
intended solely for clerics, gives the impression of being an isolated and special
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