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Taking the Hard Road Life Course in French and German Workers' Autobiographies in the Era of Industrialization

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ISBN-10: 0807844977

ISBN-13: 9780807844977

Edition: 1995

Authors: Mary Jo Maynes

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Taking the Hard Road is an engaging history of growing up in working-class families in France and Germany during the Industrial Revolution. Based on a reading of ninety autobiographical accounts of childhood and adolescence, the book explores the far-reaching historical transformations associated with the emergence of modern industrial capitalism. According to Mary Jo Maynes, the aspects of private life revealed in these accounts played an important role in historical development by actively shaping the authors' social, political, and class identities. The stories told in these memoirs revolve around details of everyday life: schooling, parent-child relations, adolescent sexuality, early…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/22/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Surveying the Terrain Autobiography, Life Course, and the History of Class Identities in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Transition to Adulthood
Notebooks from the Road How Workers Became Autobiographers
Directions Learned in School
Leaving Childhood Behind
Setting a Course
Conclusion Autobiography and History