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 simplest, but probably also the rarest, case was that of the family living fairly
close to a Latin school or a college. Vives's dialogues show us the scene : the
maidservant helping the child to get dressed, and the child going to say goodbye
Cordier's texts show how envied they were : 'I am going to go into college,' says a
pupil who therefore must be living ... of living in the college buildings which I shall
analyse later] but as a companion of yours and a boarder at the master's table.
'He needs to learn early in life how to behave in society as well as in the study,
and he cannot learn that in a place where people think more of living with the
dead than with the living, that is to say with books than with men.' Here we have
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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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