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Individuals, Families, and Communities in Europe, 1200–1800
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  • 10 b/w illus. 3 maps 4 tables
  • Page extent: 268 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521645416 | ISBN-10: 0521645417)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published September 2003

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$41.99 (P)

Katherine Lynch discusses the role of the family in society from the late Middle Ages to the industrial period. She argues that in western Europe an ongoing, and recognizably western pattern of relationships among individuals, their families, and communities emerged in the late medieval period. Tracing the pattern through the nineteenth century, this study explores the family's function as an organization on the boundary between public and private life, rather than as part of a "private sphere", and how this phenomenon has been influenced by political, religious and demographic factors.


Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Fundamental features of European urban settings; 2. Church, family and bonds of spiritual kinship; 3. Charity, poor relief and the family in religious and civic communities; 4. Individuals, families and communities in urban Europe of the Protestant and Catholic reformations; 5. Constructing an 'Imagined Community': poor relief and the family during the French Revolution; Conclusion; Bibliography.


"This is an informative and thought-provoking book that will certainly shape subsequent discussions of the origins of civic consciousness and the emergence of democrary in Western Europe."
- Renaissance Quarterly

"...[this book] has a number of strengths. For newcomers to urban or family history during the medieval and early modern periods, it offers a succinct overview of a vast body of literature. For specialists, Lynch's exploration of the relationship between poor relief, the family, and civic order is fascinating. And for the period prior to the Reformation, Lynch fruitfully compares the experience of women in northern and southern Europe, and demonstrates the importance of church institutions to the foundation and maintenance of secular communities."
- H-Women, Samuel S. Thomas, Department of History, Wittenberg University

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