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p. 1

front matter

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pp. 2-4

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Lecture 1

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pp. 5-41

Childhood in world history requires a general introduction, but there is risk of too much abstraction early on: so first, a few vignettes, all drawn at least in part from childhood in the agricultural period of the human...

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Lecture 2

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pp. 42-68

A few initial vignettes on modern childhood and youth. Every modern society, and ultimately the world as a whole, has experienced vigorous debates about the justifiability of children’s work, and about social versus familial rights to determine this work. Tradition and a great deal of ongoing need...

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About the Author

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PETER STEARNS received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Editor of the Journal of Social History, he is also a prolific author, having recently published The Battleground of Desire: The Struggle for Self-Control in Modern America; Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in Western Society; Gender...