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The Invention of Childhood [Hardcover]

Hugh Cunningham
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14 Sep 2006
The Invention of Childhood will paint a vivid picture of the lives of children in Britain from pagan Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Drawing heavily on primary sources, such as diaries, autobiographies, paintings, photographs and letters, the book will present a complete chronological history of the experience of children in Britain during the past 1500 years. We will learn the key elements that have shaped their lives down the ages and how this has differed as a result of gender, geography and ethnicity. The book will also relate children's lives to larger events in national and international history. Written by Hugh Cunningham the Professor of History at the Universtity of Kent at Canterbury, and an expert on childhood history - the book will accompany the Radio 4 series presented by the highly respected children's author Michael Morpurgo. Michael is contributing a lengthy foreword to the book. 'The Invention of Childhood' will expand on a number of key themes from the radio series, including the idea of childhood as a distinct stage of life. Opinions on when childhood should start and end, and how it differs from adulthood have changed considerably down the centuries. And these inventions and reinventions of childhood (hence the title) have had a profound effect on children's lives. The prolonged childhood we enjoy in Britain today was a luxury few could afford in the past. This fascinating study will draw attention to the ways in which we may find childhood and children in the past quite similar to the present and to ways in which childrens lives from the past seem to differ sharply from the lives children lead today.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (14 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563493909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563493907
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was not sure whether I would be able to read this book from cover to cover. However, once picked up I could not put down. This book gives some fantastic insights into the historical concept of childhood, childhood games, play and how the child has been perceived by adults over the centuries. Highly recommended for those with an interest in childhood studies and illustrating how we have shaped many practices on historial ideas and ideologies or just for pure reading pleasure!
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It does go on a bit... Perhaps too much social context (which is interesting knowledge) is discussed. The links to children and childhood come almost as an after thought.
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This is a work by award-winning children's writer Michael Morpurgo, it`s a ground-breaking history of British childhood from the year 1000 to the present. He draws on a wide range supply of sources. Often we are influenced by the Dickensian model and period-drama. However the writer helps set right the myths of the past. The writer, a children's laureate from 2003 unto 2015, is well qualified to document a thought provoking and fascinating work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 8 Nov 2013
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Brilliant Book, easy to read and understand, Highly recommended. Use it for the Early Years Foundation Degree. It is good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 July 2013
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I'm studying Childhood studies and I used this book for a different childhoods module, it is a great read and the book really helped me gain a better insight into what childhood is.
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