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The History of Childhood

  • Rudolf Dekker
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Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series

Abstract

The ‘discovery’ of childhood in around 1800 is regarded as a crucial development in the history of childhood. From this period stems our modern concept of childhood in which children are seen as instinctive, irrational, spontaneous, free-spirited and highly imaginative. Childhood became increasingly valued by adults. In the nineteenth century, youth became the symbol of modernization and progress. Child-rearing and education received more and more attention from parents and the state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Dekker
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  1. 1.Faculty of History and ArtErasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands

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