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Author Bruce, Emily C., author.

Title Revolutions at home : the origin of modern childhood and the German middle class / Emily C. Bruce
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Childhoods : interdisciplinary perspectives on children and youth
Contents Introduction. Sentiment and self-control : approaching childhood in the age of revolutions -- Reading serially : the new enlightenment youth periodical for the new youth subject -- Telling tales : folklore transformed for middle-class child readers -- Reading the world : German children's place in geographic education -- Writing home : letters as a social practice -- Writing the self : growing up with diaries -- Furnishing their own age
Summary "How did we come to imagine what "ideal childhood" requires? Beginning in the late eighteenth century, German child-rearing radically transformed, and as these innovations in ideology and educational practice spread from middle-class families across European society, childhood came to be seen as a life stage critical to self-formation. This new approach was in part a process that adults imposed on youth, one that hinged on motivating children's behavior through affection and cultivating internal discipline. But this is not just a story about parents' and pedagogues' efforts to shape childhood. Offering rare glimpses of young students' diaries, letters, and marginalia, Emily C. Bruce reveals how children themselves negotiated these changes. Revolutions at Home analyzes a rich set of documents created for and by young Germans to show that children were central to reinventing their own education between 1770 and 1850. Through their reading and writing, they helped construct the modern child subject. The active child who emerged at this time was not simply a consequence of expanding literacy but, in fact, a key participant in defining modern life"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Child development -- Germany
Children -- Books and reading -- Germany -- History -- 18th century.
Children -- Books and reading -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Children -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 18th century
Children -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Middle class -- Education -- Germany -- History -- 18th century
Middle class -- Education -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
Child development.
Children -- Books and reading.
Children -- Social conditions.
Middle class -- Education.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020053170
ISBN 1613768141