Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life
Vintage Books, 1965 - 447 oldal
The theme of this extraordinary book is the evolution of the modern conception of family life and the modern image; of the nature of children. Aries traces the evolution of the concept of childhood from the end of the Middle Ages, when the child was regarded as a small adult, to the present child-centered society, by means of diaries, paintings, games, and school curricula.
Ironically, he finds that individualism, far from triumphing in our time, has been held in check by the family, and that the increasing power of the tightly-knit family circle has flourished at the expense of the rich-textured communal society of earlier times. Translated from the French by Robert Baldick.
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'He played with the tips of his fingers on his lips, saying: "Here is the bass."' But
his early acquaintance with the lute did not prevent him from listening to the less
aristocratic fiddles played at the wedding of one of the King's chefs - or to a ...
At the same time as he played with dolls, this child of four or five practised
archery, played cards, chess (at six), and adult games such as 'racket-ball',
prisoners' base and countless parlour games. At three, he was already playing at
'Played at hide-and-seek' with a lieutenant of the Light Horse. 'He went to play
tennis and then went to the great gallery to watch them tilting at the ring.' 'Dressed
up and danced the Pantaloon.' He was nine years old now: 'After supper, ...
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