Childhood in World History - Themes in World History (Hardback)Peter N. Stearns (author)
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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 Quarterly
Childhood 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 childhood
Expanded coverage of childhood in Africa and South Asia
Extra material on religious change, including more discussion of Judaism and Islam
New material on the role of the state
A brand new comparative chapter on happiness and childhood
Now 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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 13 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
'Reviewers praised the first edition of this book as a "primer in the field," and the same could be said of this updated edition, published five years later. Expanding his book to include more material on different parts of the world (Africa and South Asia, for example), Stearns (George Mason Univ.) has compressed an encyclopedic perspective on global childhood into a concise, readable 14 chapters. The book is organized more or less chronologically, moving from agricultural and classical civilizations through "modern" childhood, the colonial era, and the 20th century. Thus, the organization is traditional (and somewhat uninspired), as are the topics covered, though Stearns also takes an occasional foray into thematic topics, including a fascinating chapter on the history of children's happiness. The inclusion of a thorough selection of further readings enriches the book's value. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate and general collections.' -- K. Dubinsky, Queen's University, CHOICE
'Stearns updates his earlier study of the global history of childhood with...a lucid analysis of new research and synthesis of previous secondary works in the field...Scholars researching the history of play and childhood will find Stearns' work an interesting survey of how attitudes towards children and child rearing have evolved over time and very valuable to those who study the nature of play.' -Ellen M. Tsagaris, Rock Island, IL
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