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Family in the Western World from the Black Death to the Industrial Age

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ISBN-10: 019509056X

ISBN-13: 9780195090567

Edition: 1993 (Reprint)

Authors: Beatrice Gottlieb

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During the last few decades the study of the family has flourished, and in the process many myths about what life was like two or three centuries ago have been debunked. For example, contrary to popular belief, we now know that most women in the preindustrial West did not marry before they were twenty-five. Most households consisted of no more than four or five people, usually including unrelated young people working as servants. And perhaps most surprising of all, multigenerational households were not very common. Pulling together much fascinating information about the family in the preindustrial Western world, Beatrice Gottlieb presents every aspect of this rich subject with clarity and fairness. Her generously illustrated book deals with the households of the wealthy and the poor, courtship and marriage, the care and training of children, and the bonds (and strains) of kinship. The matter of inheritance receives special attention, as it played a substantial role in a world permeated by rank and status, and its importance gave the family a peculiar social and economic significance. With a focus on the ordinary people whose everyday lives strike a responsive chord in all of us, as well as brief appearances by famous people and important events in history--Henry VIII's divorce, Benjamin Franklin's apprenticeship to his brother, and Mary Wollstonecraft's death in childbirth--this remarkable, eminently readable work brings to vivid life the wives and husbands, servants and masters, children and parents of a not too distant past.
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
A Place and A Social Institution
The Members of the Household
Life in the Household
Men and Women in a Special Relationship
Preliminaries to Marriage
Weddings
The Married Couple
Procreation and Education
Conception and Birth
Early Childhood
Upbringing
Relatives Past, Present, and Future
Kinship
The Linking of Generations
Ideas and Ideals
The Political Role of the Family
The Emotional Role of the Family
Epilogue: Toward the Twenty-First Century
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index