Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe

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9780674004849: Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe

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This is vintage Ozment fluent, insightful, provocative. "Ancestors" challenges us to take a fresh look at the way we approach the history of the family.--Roderick Phillips, Carleton University

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A summary on family life in Europe past, this compact book extends and completes a project begun with Steven Ozment's "When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe". Here Ozment replaces the often miserable depiction of pre-modern family relations with a delicately nuanced portrait of a vibrant and loving social group. Mining the records of families' private lives-from diaries and letters to fiction and woodcuts - Ozment shows us a pre-industrial family not very different from the later family of high industry that is generally viewed as the precursor to the sentimental nuclear family of today. In this text, we see the familiar pattern of a domestic wife and working father in a home in which spousal and parental love were amply present. Contrary to the abstractions of history, parents then - as now - were sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of their children, treated them with affection, and gave them a secure early life and caring preparation for adulthood.

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Ozment, Steven E.
Verlag: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001 (2001)
ISBN 10: 0674004841 ISBN 13: 9780674004849
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001, 2001. , 162pp., PAPERBACK, very good, old price in ink on last blank page, remainder stripe on bottom foredge Publisher's information: Rescuing the premodern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, this elegant summa offers a major reassessment of a crucial aspect of European history - and tells a story of age-old domesticity inextricably linked, and surprisingly similar, to our own. Ozment, the leading historian of the family in the late Middle Ages, shows us a preindustrial family not very different form the later family of high industry that is generally viewed as the precursor to the sentimental nuclear family of today. - CONTENTS: Introduction - Strucutre and Sentiment - A Gendered View of Family Life - Rebuilding the Premodern Family - The Omnipresent Child - Parental Advice - Family Archives - Notes - Acknowledgments - Index. ISBN 0674004841. Artikel-Nr. 41941

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