Synopses & Reviews
The final volume in the award-winning series charts the remarkable inner history of our times from the tumult of World War I to the present day, when personal identity was released from its moorings in gender, family, social class, religion, politics, and nationality. "A fascinating glimpse into the distant and exotic past".--Los Angeles Times. 230 halftones, 2 tables.
The wealth of materials is impressive, and Arthur Goldhammer's skillful translation captures the contributors' voices...Lavishly illustrated with well-captioned reproductions. Joseph Coates
A History of Private Life has been an immense undertaking...The series has deservedly attracted huge praise from historians of all hues for its scholarly imagination and beautiful presentation. It is thus an unusually strong recommendation to say that the final volume is worthy of its predecessors. Chicago Tribune
The text is leavened with an abundant display of imagery...The entire series amounts to a vast treasury of human thought and experience, a sourcebook of ideas and images. At times lyrical, then analytical, but always provocative...A tool for the analyst and the novelist as much as the historian and anthropologist. Andrew Freeman - Financial Times
There's something wonderfully audacious about the very concept of 'History of Private Life,' a five-volume study that seeks to reveal the most intimate details of everyday life over three millennia of Western European history. Here is one scholarly work in which the bathroom and the bordello figure as importantly as the storming of the Bastille or the defeat of Napoleon ... A fascinating glimpse into the distant and exotic past. Jonathan Kirsch - Los Angeles Times
Includes bibliographical references: (p. 595-615) and index.
About the Author
Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the <>Collège de France.Arthur Goldhammerreceived the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
Table of Contents
1. Public and Private Spheres in France
by Antoine Prost
Changing Workers and Workplaces
The Family and the Individual
The Transition from Neighborhood to Metropolis
2. A History of Secrets?
by Gérard Vincent
The Secrets of History and the Riddle of Identity
The Body and the Enigma of Sex
3. Cultural Diversity in France
by Gérard Vincent, Perrine Simon-Nahum, Rémi Leveau, Dominique Schnapper
Catholics: Imagination and Sin
Communism as a Way of Life
The Role of Immigrants
4. Nations of Families
by Kristina Orfali, Chiara Saraceno, Ingeborg Weber-Kellerman, Elaine Tyler May
The Rise and Fall of the Swedish Model
The Italian Family: Paradoxes of Privacy
Translated by Raymond Rosenthal
The German Family between Private Life and Politics
Translated and Edited by Mary Jo Maynes and Michele Mouton
Myths and Realities of the American Family