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Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life

Original title:
L'enfant et la vie familiale sous l'ancien régime
Translated title:
The Child and Family Life in the Ancien Régime
Philippe Ariès (author), Robert Baldick (translator) and Muriel Nasser (covers)
Original language:
Vintage Books
Anthropology, history and sociology
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  • Intrduction

Part One: The Idea of Childhood

  1. The Ages of Life
  2. The Discovery of Childhood
  3. Children's Dress
  4. A Modest Contribution to the History of Games and Pastimes
  5. From Immodesty to Innocence
  6. Conclusion: The Two Concepts of Childhood

Part Two: Scholastic Life

  1. Medieval Scholars Young and Old
  2. A New Institution: The College
  3. The Origins of the School Class
  4. The Pupil's Age
  5. The Progress of Discipline
  6. From Day School to Boarding School
  7. The 'Little Schools'
  8. The Roughness of Schoolchildren
  9. Conclusion: School and the Duration of Childhood

Part Three: The Family

  1. Pictures of the Family
  2. From the Medieval Family to the Modern Family
  3. Conclusion: The Family and Sociability
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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