A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Enlightenment (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Enlightenment (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Elizabeth Foyster (editor), James Marten (editor)Paperback

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The collection of ideas, values, and beliefs known as the Enlightenment fundamentally altered the ways in which the family was understood. During this period, 1650-1800, traditional family roles were rethought, questioning much which had been taken for granted, such as the innate nature of children. At the same time, the Enlightenment also reinforced many long-held notions, applying new ideas to perpetuate assumptions about gender and race. The commercialization of agriculture, industrialization, and urbanization, as well as the opportunities presented by expanding education and the sale of domestic goods all impacted on the family. Further, the continuing expansion of Western empires, the ownership of slaves within American states, and the political turmoil of the American and French revolutions all helped to shape both the ideals and the experience of family life. As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Childhood and Family set, this volume presents essays on family relationships, community, economy, geography and the environment, education, life cycle, the state, faith and religion, health and science, and world contexts.

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Elizabeth Foyster is Senior Lecturer in History at Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK. She is author of Manhood in Early Modern England: Honour, Sex and Marriage and Marital Violence:An English Family History, 1660-1857 and editor with Helen Berry of The Family in Early Modern England. James Marten is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University in Milwaukee,Wisconsin, USA. He is author / editor of Children and Youth in a New Nation; Children in Colonial America; Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era: A Brief History with Documents; Children and War: A Historical Anthology; and The Children's Civil War.


Illustrations General Editors' Preface Introduction Elizabeth Foyster, University of Cambridge, UK and James Marten, University of Milwaukee, USA 1 Family Relationships Joanne Bailey, Oxford Brookes University, UK 2 Community Alysa Levene, Oxford Brookes University, UK 3 Economy Deborah Simonton, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 4 Geography and the Environment Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, UK 5 Education Valentina K. Tikoff, DePaul University in Chicago, USA 6 Life Cycle Mary Abbott, Anglia Ruskin University, UK 7 The State Steven King, University of Leicester, UK 8 Faith and Religion Allison P. Coudert, University of California Davis, USA 9 Health and Science Mary Lindemann, University of Miami, USA 10 World Contexts Adriana Silvia Benzaquen, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • publication date: 16/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472554703
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781472554703
  • weight: 525
  • ISBN10: 1472554701

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