The History of Childhood: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Childhood: A Very Short Introduction

A Very Short Introduction
Publisher: OUP USA
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No. of pages:160 pages
Size:175x114x9 mm
Weight:96 g
Illustrations: 10 halftones
Short description:

In The History of Childhood: A Very Short Introduction, Marten provides a sweeping narrative of the key features of childhood through time and around the world, focusing on conflict and change, war and reform, and the issues and conditions that have shaped childhood throughout history and continue to shape it in the twenty-first century.

Long description:
While children are a relatively unchanging fact of life, childhood is a constantly shifting concept. Through the millennia, the age at which a child becomes a youth and a youth becomes an adult has varied by gender, class, religion, ethnicity, place, and economic need. As author James Marten explores in this Very Short Introduction, so too have the realities of childhood, each life shaped by factors such as education, expectation, and conflict (or lack thereof). Indeed, ancient Roman children lived very differently than those born of today's Generation Z.

Experiences of childhood have been shaped in classrooms and on factory floors, in family homes and orphanages, and on battlefields and in front of television sets. In addressing this diversity, The History of Childhood: A Very Short Introduction takes a global, expansive view of the features of childhood that have shaped childhood throughout history and continue to shape it now. From the rules of Confucian childrearing in twelfth-century China to the struggles of children living as slaves in the Americas or as cotton mill workers in Industrial Age Britain, Marten takes his inspiration from the idea that the lives of children reveal important and sometimes uncomfortable truths about civilization.
Table of Contents:
Chapter One: Traditions
Chapter Two: Revolutions
Chapter Three: The Rise of "Modern" Childhoods
Chapter Four: Creating a Worldview of Childhood
Chapter Five: The Century of the Child and Beyond
Further Reading