Sibling Relations and the Transformations of European Kinship, 1300-1900

Sibling Relations and the Transformations of European Kinship, 1300-1900

By: Christopher H. Johnson (editor), David Warren Sabean (editor)Paperback

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Recently considerable interest has developed about the degree to which anthropological approaches to kinship can be used for the study of the long-term development of European history. From the late middle ages to the dawn of the twentieth century, kinship - rather than declining, as is often assumed - was twice reconfigured in dramatic ways and became increasingly significant as a force in historical change, with remarkable similarities across European society. Applying interdisciplinary approaches from social and cultural history and literature and focusing on sibling relationships, this volume takes up the challenge of examining the systemic and structural development of kinship over the long term by looking at the close inner-familial dynamics of ruling families (the Hohenzollerns), cultural leaders (the Mendelssohns), business and professional classes, and political figures (the Gladstones)in France, Italy, Germany, and England. It offers insight into the current issues in kinship studies and draws from a wide range of personal documents: letters, autobiographies, testaments, memoirs, as well as genealogies and works of art.

About Author

Christopher H. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of History and member of the Academy of Scholars at Wayne State University. He has held fellowships from the Leverhulme and the Guggenheim Foundations as well as the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include Utopian Communism in France: Cabet and the Icarians, 1839-1851 (Cornell, 1974) (nominated for a National Book Award in 1975); Maurice Sugar: Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit, 1912-1950 (Wayne State, 1989), and The Life and Death of Industrial Languedoc, 1700 - 1920: The Politics of De-Industrialization (Oxford, 1995). David Warren Sabean is Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught at the University of East Anglia, University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell, and has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History in Gottingen, the Maison des Science de l'Homme, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the American Academy in Berlin, and the National Humanities Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications include: Power in the Blood: Popular Culture and Village Discourse in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge, 1984); Property, Production, and Family in Neckarhausen, 1700 - 1870 (Cambridge, 1990); Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700 - 1870 (Cambridge, 1998). He is co-editor with Simon Teuscher and Jon Mathieu of Kinship in Europe: Approaches to Long-Term Development (1300-1900) (Berghahn Books, 2007).


List of Figures and Illustrations Preface Chapter 1. From Siblingship to Siblinghood: Kinship and the Shaping of European Society (1300-1900) Christopher H. Johnson and David Warren Sabean PART I: PROPERTY, POLITICS, AND SIBLING STRATEGIES (LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN) Chapter 2. Dowry: Sharing Inheritance or Exclusion? Timing, Destination, and Contents of Transmission in Late Medieval and Early Modern France Bernard Derouet Chapter 3. Maintenance Regulations and Sibling Relations in the High Nobility of Late Medieval Germany Karl-Heinz Spiess Chapter 4. Do Sisters have Brothers?Or the Search for the "rechte Schwester":Brothers and Sisters in Aristocratic Society at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century Michaela Hohkamp Chapter 5. Subordinates, Patrons, and Most Beloved: Sibling Relationships in Seventeenth-Century German Court Society Sophie Ruppel Chapter 6. The Crown Prince's Brothers and Sisters: Succession and Inheritance Problems and Solutions among the Hohenzollerns, from the Great Elector to Frederick the Great Benjamin Marschke Chapter 7. The Evolution within Sibling Groups from one Kinship System to Another (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries) Gerard Delille PART II: SIBLING RELATIONS, CLOSE MARRIAGE, AND HORIZONTAL KINSHIP, 1750-1900 Chapter 8. Brother Trouble: Murder and Incest in Scottish Ballads Ruth Perry Chapter 9. Siblinghood and the Emotional Dimensions of the New Kinship System, 1800-1850: A French Example Christopher H. Johnson Chapter 10. Kinship and Issues of the Self in Europe around 1800 David Warren Sabean Chapter 11. Sisters, Wives, and the Sublimation of Desire in a Jewish-Protestant Friendship: The Letters of the Historian Johann Gustav Droysen and the Composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Regina Schulte Chapter 12. Husband, Wife, and Sister: Making and Remaking the Early Victorian Family Mary Jean Corbett Chapter 13. Gender and Age in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Case of Anne, William, and Helen Gladstone Leonore Davidoff Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9781782380870
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781782380870
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 1782380876

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