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Family Life and Illicit Love in Earlier Generations : Essays in Historical Sociology - Peter Laslett

Family Life and Illicit Love in Earlier Generations

Essays in Historical Sociology

Hardcover Published: 25th February 2003
ISBN: 9780521214087
Number Of Pages: 280

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This is a book about the history of family life in several senses. The author puts forward a thesis about the European family in relation to the conspicuous differences between European economic and social development and that of the rest of the world. He discusses the numbers and functions of servants, the numbers and situation of orphans and the aged, and the difficult question of whether American slaves lived in families at all. There is an extended analysis of the extraordinary turnover in population in England and in Europe in pre-industrial times, and a full discussion of the figures for English illegitimacy since Shakespeare's day. There is also a consideration of the elusive topic of the age of sexual maturity and its variations over time. The book represents some of the results of the first fifteen years of work in the newly instituted subject of historical sociology with particular reference to the family.

Introduction: the necessity of a historical sociology
Characteristics of the Western family considered over time
Clayworth and Cogenhoe
Long-term trends in bastardy in England
Parental deprivation in the past: a note on orphans and stepparenthood in English history
The history of aging and the aged
Age at sexual maturity in Europe since the Middle Ages
Household and family on the slave plantations of the USA
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ISBN: 9780521214087
ISBN-10: 0521214084
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 25th February 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58