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Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life Paperback – July 12, 1965
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Original Language: French
About the Author
The late Philippe Aries was also the author of Centuries of Childhood.
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The author's central thesis is that the concepts of childhood and the family are relatively new ideas. According to Ariés, the modern concept of childhood did not exist during the Middle Ages. Essentially, European's during this period viewed children as small adults as soon as they were no longer dependent on their mothers for weaning. According to the author, this occurred about the age of seven. Over the next several centuries, this began to change due to the evolution of the educational system. So, by the 18th century, a more familiar version of childhood had emerged. The author relies on secular and religious literature, paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, poems, songs, memoirs, and academic codes to support this argument. This monograph is an example of the third generation of the Annales school's emphasis on mentalities.
This book's primary emphasis is on events that take place between the 10th and 19th century. There are three charts located in the middle of this monograph, but it is otherwise free of graphic aids. This text also includes a brief section of endnotes and a short index. Ariés divides this work into three sections.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed reading it! It gives a broad view of the development of childhood throught the centuries. It was of great help to deepen my graduate studies!Published 14 months ago by Luciana Leitão da Silva
This is an excellent reading for those researching on what exactly is known as childhood and how rooted it is in our ancestry. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Chandi Perera
This is another book that I read for my new book on age-discrepant relationships and ephebopilia. As it pertains to my research, I learned the following among other interesting... Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by The Writer Mo Ibrahim
Product was what I was expected, but it took too long to get here. I had to wait over 14 days.Published on October 1, 2008 by Carolina Patino
I tried to read this book, but the fact that so many historians have recently debunked Aries' conclusions made it seem almost unnecessary to read. Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by Corsetra, costumer