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Rescuing the premodern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, Ancestorsoffers a major reassessment of a crucialaspect of European history--and tells a story of age-old domesticity inextricably linked, and surprisingly similar, to our own.

An elegant summa on family life in Europe past, this compact andpowerful book extends and completes a project begun with Steven Ozment's When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe(Harvard). Here Ozment, the leading historian of the family in the middlecenturies, replaces the often miserable depiction of premodern 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 fictionand woodcuts--Ozment shows us a preindustrial 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.

InAncestors, we see the familiar pattern of a domestic wife and working father in a home in which spousal and parental love were amply present: parents cherished their children, wives were helpmeets inproviding for the family, and the genders were nearly equal. 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 gavethem a secure early life and caring preparation for adulthood.

As it recasts familial history, Ancestorsresonates beyond its time, revealing how much the story ofthe premodern family has to say to a modern society that finds itself in the throes of a family crisis.

Synopsis:

Rescuing the premodern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, Ancestors 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.

An elegant summa on family life in Europe past, this compact and powerful book extends and completes a project begun with Steven Ozment's When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe (Harvard). Here Ozment, the leading historian of the family in the middle centuries, replaces the often miserable depiction of premodern 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 preindustrial 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 Ancestors, we see the familiar pattern of a domestic wife and working father in a home in which spousal and parental love were amply present: parents cherished their children, wives were helpmeets in providing for the family, and the genders were nearly equal. 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.

As it recasts familial history, Ancestors resonates beyond its time, revealing how much the story of the premodern family has to say to a modern society that finds itself in the throes of a family crisis.

About the Author

Steven Ozmentis McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at <>Harvard University. He is the author ofFlesh and Spiritand The Bürgermeisters Daughter.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Structure and Sentiment

2. A Gendered View of Family Life

3.Rebuilding the Premodern Family

4. The Omnipresent Child

5. Parental Advice

6. Family Archives

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674004832
Subtitle:
The Loving Family in Old Europe
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Ozment, Steven
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Western
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20010326
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones, 6 line
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.6875 x 5.5 in .75 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Historiography

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Product details 176 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674004832 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Rescuing the premodern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, Ancestors 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.

An elegant summa on family life in Europe past, this compact and powerful book extends and completes a project begun with Steven Ozment's When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe (Harvard). Here Ozment, the leading historian of the family in the middle centuries, replaces the often miserable depiction of premodern 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 preindustrial 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 Ancestors, we see the familiar pattern of a domestic wife and working father in a home in which spousal and parental love were amply present: parents cherished their children, wives were helpmeets in providing for the family, and the genders were nearly equal. 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.

As it recasts familial history, Ancestors resonates beyond its time, revealing how much the story of the premodern family has to say to a modern society that finds itself in the throes of a family crisis.

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