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The History of Childhood in Global Context
Growing Up combines two flourishing historical fields-the history of childhood and world history-to address the question of how much of childhood is natural and how much is historically determined. The first lecture gauges the impact of the development of agriculture, civilization, and religion upon the premodern experience of childhood. The second lecture contrasts modern perspectives on childhood with more traditional ones before investigating how and why modern perspectives developed and spread. These lectures clearly demonstrate that the transformation of childhood is both recent and sweeping.
1. Childhood in Agricultural Societies
2. Childhood Amid Modernization and Globalization
About the Author
"Stearns explores how some of the larger patterns of world history intersect with the intimate experience of childhood. Readers will note with respect the range of learning that underpins this informative text, and they will discover with gratitude how interesting and provocative the history of childhood is."
—Raymond Grew, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan
"No historian takes the long view and the big picture more seriously than Peter Stearns. In these provocative and important essays, Stearns challenges historians of childhood to think seriously and globally by outlining a world history of childhood."
—Paula S. Fass, Margaret Byrne Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
"Growing Up is the very first book to delineate the global history of childhood. Succinctly and convincingly, Peter Stearns analyzes the implications of the transitions from a hunting and gathering to an agricultural and industrial economy and traces the distinctive ways that diverse civilizations and religious traditions approached childhood. This study will be the starting point for all future attempts to place childhood in comparative perspective."
—Steven Mintz, John and Rebecca Moore Professor of History, University of Houston
Peter Stearns (Ph.D. Harvard University) is the provost at George Mason University. He is the author of over thirty books, including Global Outrage: The Origins and Impact of World Opinion from the 1780s to the 21st Century (2005); Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Child-rearing in American (2004); and Consumerism in World History: The Global Transformation of Desire (2004).
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Other books by:
Peter N. Stearns
Books in Series:
Edmondson Lecture Series
Biography as History
Empire and Nation in Russian History
George Wallace, Richard Nixon, and the Transformation of American Politics
Growing Up - The History of Childhood in Global Context
The Making of the Constitution
Not Quite American? - The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States
Race, Ethnicity, and Class - Forging the Plural Society in Latin America and the Caribbean
Religious Crises in Modern America
Southern Missions - The Religion of the American South in Global Perspective
Spanish Bourbons and Wild Indians
The Taiping Vision of a Christian China 1836-1864
What Was Revolutionary about the French Revolution?
Why People Move - Migration in African History
The World Is Not Enough - The Imperial Vision of Philip II of Spain