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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completed the ordinary course of college studies by means of extraordinary
activity'. This precocity could make it possible to start one's active career at the
usual age, and to catch up with youths who had not been to school. But in the
The indications of precocity diminish fairly soon and fairly quickly. The proportion
of nine year olds in the fifth class, of ten year olds in the fourth, and of eleven year
olds in the third drops sharply between Chalons in 1618 and Troyes in 1638.
Among those who never went to a college, or who spent only one or two years
there, the old habits of precocity remained as in the Middle Ages. The concept of
a very short childhood held good. In the seventeenth century, schooling did not ...
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