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Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500

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1. Introduction. 2. Children and Childhood in Ancient and Medieval Europe. 3. The Development of a Middle-class Ideology of Childhood, 1500-1900. 4. Family, Work and School, 1500-1900. 5. Children, Philanthropy and the State in Europe, 1500-1860. 6. Saving the Children, 1830-1920. 7. 'The Century of the Child?' Conclusion. Guide to Further Reading.

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How different is the lifestyle of children today from that 500 years ago? To what extent has the parent-child dynamic altered? Hugh Cunnigham investigates the diverse experiences of Western children throughout the centuries.

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Professor Hugh Cunningham is based at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications include "The Volunteer Force: A Social and Political History 1859-1908" (Croom 1975), "Leisure in the Industrial Revolution "(Croom 1980) and "The Children of the Poor: Representations of Childhood since the Seventeenth Century" (Blackwell, 1991). He is also the author of our recent title "The Challenge of Democracy."


"'...a most elegant survey of ideas about childhood and of children's lives in modern western society! a stimulating yet accessible analysis of a part of human experience so difficult for the historian to uncover.'" Lynn Abrams, Professor of Gender History, University of Glasgow '!necessary reading for those seeking a fuller understanding of modern childhood.' John Stewart, Principal Lecturer in History, OxfordBrookesUniversity About the first edition: '!an excellent and accessible starting point.' Anthony Fletcher, Universityof London 'Any reader in search of a clear, well-written, and comprehensive account of the history of children and childhood could ask for nothing better.' Victor Slater, Department of History, LouisianaStateUniversity

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