A History of the Family: Remote Worlds and Ancient Worlds v. 1
This is an illustrated, two-volume work examining the history of the family from prehistory to the present day, moving from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, from ancient China to post-colonial Africa.
- Hardback | 713 pages
- 164 x 239 x 45mm | 1,168g
- 01 Aug 1997
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Preface. Introduction: Claude Levi-Strauss. An Anthropological Perspective on Kinship and the Family: Francoise Zonabend. I. Antiquity. 1. Prehistory of the Family: Claude Masset. 2. From Sumer to Babylon: Families as Landowners and Families as Rulers: Jean-Jacques Glassner. 3. The Survival of the Family Name and the Pharaonic Order: Annie Forgeau. 4. The Desire for Transcendence: the Hebrew Family Model and Jewish Family Practices: Frank Alvarez-Pereyre and Florence Heymann. 5. The Family in Ancient Athens (5th-4th Century BC): Giulia Sissa. 6. Fathers as Citizens of Rome, Rome as a City of Fathers (2nd century BC - 2nd century AD): Yan Thomas. 7. The Family Under the Roman Empire: Signs and Gestures: Aline Rouselle. II. Medieval Times. Introduction: Georges Duby. 8. Barbarian Europe: Pierre Guichard and Jean-Pierre Cuvillier. 9. The Carolingian Moment (8th-10th Century): Pierre Toubert. 10. The Feudal Era (11th-13th Century): Robert Fossier. 11. Europe: Town and Country (13th-15th Century): Henri Bresc. 12. Families and Kinships in Byzantium: Evelyne Patlagean. III. Distant Times. 13. China: the Family as a Relay of Government: Michel Cartier. 14. Japan: a Household Society: Patrick Beillevaire. 15. The World Order and the Family Institution in India: Roland Lardinois. 16. The Family in Arab Islam: Thierry Bianquis. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
'Covering an impressively long time-span and geographical distance, from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, and from ancient China to post-colonial Africa, it analyses the changing forms of kinship and family life.' History Today 'Remarkable for its time-span and geographical coverage ... contributors to these volumes provide succinct and skilful overviews and syntheses of family relationships in their chosen period, syntheses that expert as well as novice readers ... will find useful and stimulating ... these volumes provide a broad but informative overview of the rich diversity and constantly changing nature of family organization ... this history of family organization has a useful glossary and is illustrated by some delightful engravings, paintings and photographs of family life. The excellent translation provides a crisp and clear text.' The Times Higher Education Supplement