This is an illustrated, two-volume work examining the history of the family from prehistory to the present day, moving from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, from ancient China to post-colonial Africa.
Preface. Introduction: Claude Levi-Strauss. An Anthropological Perspective on Kinship and the Family: Francoise Zonabend. I. Antiquity. 1. Prehistory of the Family: Claude Masset. 2. From Sumer to Babylon: Families as Landowners and Families as Rulers: Jean-Jacques Glassner. 3. The Survival of the Family Name and the Pharaonic Order: Annie Forgeau. 4. The Desire for Transcendence: the Hebrew Family Model and Jewish Family Practices: Frank Alvarez-Pereyre and Florence Heymann. 5. The Family in Ancient Athens (5th-4th Century BC): Giulia Sissa. 6. Fathers as Citizens of Rome, Rome as a City of Fathers (2nd century BC - 2nd century AD): Yan Thomas. 7. The Family Under the Roman Empire: Signs and Gestures: Aline Rouselle. II. Medieval Times. Introduction: Georges Duby. 8. Barbarian Europe: Pierre Guichard and Jean-Pierre Cuvillier. 9. The Carolingian Moment (8th-10th Century): Pierre Toubert. 10. The Feudal Era (11th-13th Century): Robert Fossier. 11. Europe: Town and Country (13th-15th Century): Henri Bresc. 12. Families and Kinships in Byzantium: Evelyne Patlagean. III. Distant Times. 13. China: the Family as a Relay of Government: Michel Cartier. 14. Japan: a Household Society: Patrick Beillevaire. 15. The World Order and the Family Institution in India: Roland Lardinois. 16. The Family in Arab Islam: Thierry Bianquis. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.