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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563493909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563493907
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,196 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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Just bought this for university, excellent book to give the basis theory of childhood. Essential reading for any xhildhood studies students. My only negative should be that when they are selling second hand books they should state that it has came from a smoking household
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A fascinating book charting attitudes to children and childhood from the Middle Ages onwards.
Well written and authoratitive.
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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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This book covers all aspect of historical childhood, very interesting and a good read.
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This text certainly provides a useful, introductory, outline of some of the threads in the emergence of the notion of childhood in British culture over the centuries, as well as highlighting the various constructions the concept has undergone to its present-day incarnation. The author's style is highly readable, punctuated with material from a variety of historical sources.

The accompanying short play by Morpurgo, which serves as a summary of some of the themes of the main work, is of interest for its subservience to, and propagation of, the myth of 'progress' that is fed to the young.

The most notable aspect of 'The Invention of Childhood' is perhaps that, as description (rather than critique), its tendency is to ignore the various actors/groups that have played a part in suborning the concept of 'childhood' for their own purposes, and the intentional or unwitting effect that this has had for the concept in contemporary culture.

Hence, while a useful introduction for the general public (accustomed to viewing 'childhood' as some sort of natural, inevitable, status), readers are encouraged to take a more critical look at its political deployment, sharply detailed in such works as Phillipe Aries' classic Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life: A Social History of Family Life and Judith Levine's Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex; and should certainly read Tony Duvert's
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Very helpful with college studies
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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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