Filling a gap in a field with very few teaching books available, Childhood in World History provides a much-needed historical overview. Studying childhood historically greatly advances our understanding of what childhood is about, and a world history focus permits broad questions to be asked.
Peter N. Stearns, an esteemed name in the field, focuses on childhood in several ways:
Highlighting the gains, the divisions, and the losses for children across the millennia, this fascinating book will appeal to students across the board, and will prove an excellent teaching resource.
1. Introduction: Childhood in World History 2. Childhood in Agricultural Societies: The First Big Changes 3. Childhood in the Classical Civilizations 4. Childhood in Postclassical World History: The Impact of Religious Change 5. Debating Childhood in the Premodern West 6. Forces of Change and the Modern Model of Childhood Developments in the West, Eighteenth Century – 1914 7. Alongside the Modern Model: The Pressures of Colonialism 8. Modern Childhood in Asia: Japan Adapts the New Model 9. Childhood and Communist Revolutions 10. Childhood in the Affluent Societies, Twentieth – Twenty-First Centuries 11. The Dislocations in the Twentieth–Twenty-First Centuries: Children Face War and Violence 12. Globalization and Childhoods 13. Conclusion: Childhoods From Past Toward Future