Childhood in World History

ISBN-10: 0415598095

ISBN-13: 9780415598095

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Peter N. Stearns

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Praise for the first edition:'Those seeking a primer on the field... might well begin here' H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews'a succinct and deft survey... Undoubtedly this book will be a godsend to teachers... In the assured hands of Stearns, with his readily accessible style, readers will come away much better informed...' Social History of Medicine'Stearns's treatment is characteristically learned, conceptually sleek, and sensitive to societal and temporal variation.' Journal of Social History'an engaging, well-written, and thoughtful resource for readers who seek a solid understanding of the subject.' History of Education QuarterlyChildhood exists in all societies, though there is huge variation in the way it is socially constructed across time and place. Studying childhood historically greatly advances our understanding of what childhood is about and a world history focus permits some of the broadest questions to be asked.This new edition of Childhood in World History has been completely updated, including:An expanded discussion of the theory and methodology involved in a global history of childhoodExpanded coverage of childhood in Africa and South AsiaExtra material on religious change, including more discussion of Judaism and IslamNew material on the role of the stateA brand new comparative chapter on happiness and childhoodNow fully up to date, this second edition of Childhood in World History highlights the gains but also the divisions and losses for children across the millennia.
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List price: $21.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.  His numerous books include World History in Documents ;  American Behavioral History ; and Anxious Parents .

Introduction: childhood in world history
Childhood in agricultural societies: the first big changes
Childhood in the classical civilizations
Childhood in postclassical world history: the impact of religious change
Contacts and contrasts in the postclassical world
Forces of change and the modern model of childhood: developments in the West, eighteenth century to 1914
Alongside the modern model: the pressures of colonialism
Modern childhood in Asia: Japan adapts the new model
Childhood and communist revolutions
Childhood in the affluent societies, twentieth and twenty-first centuries
The dislocations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: children face war and violence
Globalization and childhoods
The dilemma of children's happiness
Conclusion: childhoods from past toward future
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