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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The point is that the idea entertained about these relations may be dissimilar at
moments separated by lengthy periods of time. It is the history of the idea of the
family which concerns us here, not the description of manners or the nature of
Since then we have borrowed some of these words to denote abstract ideas such
as puerility or senility, but these meanings were not contained in the first
acceptations. The 'ages', 'ages of life', or 'ages of man' corresponded in our
Statistically and objectively speaking, this idea should have appeared much later.
True, there was the taste for the picturesque, pleasing aspects of the Hitle
creatures, the idea of the charms of childhood and the entertainment to be
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