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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On the one hand there was the school population, on the other there were those
who, in accordance with immemorial custom, went straight into adult life as soon
as they could walk and talk. This division did not correspond to social conditions.
Primary education remained a short affair for a very long time, and in both France
and England it needed the social revolutions which followed the two World Wars
to prolong it. Perhaps one of the reasons for this social specialization is in fact ...
An equilibrium was established in the seventeenth century between the
centrifugal or social forces and the centripetal or family forces which was not
destined to survive the progress of domesticity. We have seen in the preceding
pages the rise ...
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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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