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A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Empire

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Empire, Volume 5

by Colin Heywood

Colin Heywood is Professor of Modern French History at the University of Nottingham. His publications include Childhood in Nineteenth-Century France, A History of Childhood and Growing Up in Modern France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2010
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350049611
  • ISBN:
    978-1-35004-961-1 (online)

    978-1-84788-798-6 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-5471-0 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Empire
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The 19th Century brought a decisive shift towards a “modern” form of childhood – one protected from the hazards and responsibilities of adulthood. Families in the West began to expect children to go to school rather than to work, to play in parks and playgrounds rather than to roam the streets, and to be kept healthy under the watchful eye of doctors and nurses. In response to both the demands and the depredations of the Industrial Revolution, the period saw unprecedented state intervention in areas such as education and health care reform.

As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Childhood and Family set, this volume presents essays on family relationships, community, economy, geography and the environment, education, life cycle, the state, faith and religion, health and science, and world contexts.