College Of Arts And Sciences | Families in Former Times
E104 | 0163 | Alter, G


In every era the family has served as the most basic human
institution, but it has always been subject to other forces in
society, such as religion, politics, the economy, and the tragic
consequences of high death rates. This course traces the history of
the European family from 1500 to the early twentieth century. We will
examine changes in relationships within the family (parents/children,
husbands/wives) and the changing role of the family in society. Among
the topics to be discussed are courtship, marriage, childbearing,
child labor, the origins of family limitation and birth control, the
definitions of male and female roles, and the effects of other
institutions (community, church, schools, state) on the family.