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

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

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Gathering together a wealth of information, Beatrice Gottlieb presents every aspect of a rich and vital 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 ave the family a peculiar social and economic significance. The book also deals with ideas about the family and the values is embodies. Famous names and events of history make brief walk-on appearances in this book: Henry VIII's divorce, Louis XIV's mistresses, Mary Wollstonecraft's death in childbirth. But the author's emphasis is on the more ordinary people, whose everyday lives strike a responsive chord in all of us.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 155.4 x 233.7 x 18.5mm | 552.39g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones, line illustrations
  • 019509056X
  • 9780195090567
  • 1,270,212

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Pulling together much fascinating information about the family in the pre-industrial Western world, Beatrice Gottlieb presents every aspect of this rich subject with clarity and fairness.
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clear synthesis ... an invaluable resource * Booklist * fascinating ... there is a good deal here to admire * Times Higher Education Supplement * An interesting and thought-provoking book that reminds us of the continuing importance and influence of the family throughout global history. * Times Higher Education *
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About Beatrice Gottlieb

Beatrice Gottlieb, who has a doctorate in history from Columbia University, is a scholar and translator living in New York City.
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