"Family Life in the Twentieth Century" by David I. Kertzer

Family Life in the Twentieth Century The History of the European Family: Volume 3 David I. Kertzer, Marzio Barbagli

Publication date:
10 Jan 2004
Yale University Press
496 pages: 235 x 156mm
5 b/w illus.

This volume completes the History of the European Family series, a comprehensive synthesis of what is known about European families across the past five centuries. The profound political and social transformations that occurred from 1914-2000 were without precedent in human history, and their huge impact on European families is the focus of this third volume. It reveals how the changes and processes of the twentieth century altered private lives, the formation of families, the frequency and success of marriages, the relations between husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, and much more.

The book raises fundamental questions about whether and to what extent family life in different European societies became more or less similar over the course of the century. Ten leading scholars from Europe and the United States present new essays in which they explore the influences of the economy, the state, the church, the world wars, and other demographic forces on the European family during a period when the nuclear family was threatened as never before.

David I. Kertzer is Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and professor of anthropology at Brown University. Marzio Barbagli is professor of sociology at the University of Bologna.

"This book contains interesting theses and plenty of supporting evidence to demonstrate that extraordinary changes in family life occurred in Europe during the twentieth century. . . . This volume provides the student of modern European history and language with excellent background on the geopolitical and demographic changes that affected society, economics, and politics, and in turn discusses their effects on the family. The essays are interesting, well written and edited, and they encourage further research on family and society in particular countries and in other continents as well."?Anne Bliss, Rocky Mountain News