The family forms of historic Europe have been fascinating in their variety. Their importance for the historical development of our continent would be difficult to exaggerate; for our relationship with the peoples of the other continents of the world as well. This book is an attempt to recover the different familial systems and compare them with one another. The studies range from Russia, Poland, Hungary and Austria to Scandinavia, Flanders and Britain. All the influences which have affected the character and composition of European households are taken into account. The analysis covers their function as productive work groups, in the procreation and bringing up of children, and in the support of the elderly, and their relationship with the wider society and its norms along with its political organization, central and local. Claims that inheritance customs and inheritance practice and the occupation of the household head exerted a powerful influence on the size and composition of households are subjected to rigorous and systematic investigation.
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- Date Published: November 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521091305
- length: 620 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
- weight: 0.9kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Richard Wall
2. Two kinds of pre-industrial household formation system J. Hajnal
3. 'A large family: the peasant's greatest wealth': serf households in Mishino, Russia, 1814–1858 Peter Czap, Jr
4. The peasant family as an economic unit in the Polish feudal economy of the eighteenth century Jacek Kochanowicz
5. The familial contexts of early childhood in Baltic serf society Andrejs Plakans
6. Estonian households in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries H. Palli
7. Family and familia in early-medieval Bavaria Carl I. Hammer, Jr.
8. The property and kin relationships of retired farmers in northern and central Europe David Gaunt
9. Pre-industrial household structure in Hungary Rudolf Andorka and Tamas Farago
10. The reconstruction of the family life course: theoretical problems and empirical results Reinhard Sieder and Michael Mitterauer
11. The changing household: Austrian household structure from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century P. Schmidtbauer
12. Does owning real property influence the form of the household? An example from rural West Flanders Richard Wall
13. The evolving household: the case of Lampernisse, West Flanders Luc Danhieux
14. The composition of households in a population of 6 men to 10 women: south-east Bruges in 1814 Richard Wall
15. The importance of women in an urban environment: the example of the Rheims household at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux
16. The household: demographic and economic change in England, 1650–1970 Richard Wall
17. Family and household as work group and kin group: areas of traditional Europe compared Peter Laslett.
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