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Kinship in Europe

Approaches to Long-term Development (1300-1900)

By David Warren Sabean (Edited by), Simon Teuscher (Edited by), Jon Mathieu (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 January 2010
"On the whole, the general arguments made here for the continued importance of kinship in modernity, as well as the two major changes in kinship organization, are convincing. Kinship in Europe is also to be commended for its impressive array of subjects and the admirably diverse nature of its contributors. Above all, it manages to complicate traditional narratives of modernity, and provides a less simplistic, linear model of development." * H-German Since the publication of Philippe Aries's book, Centuries of Childhood, in the early 1960s, there has been great interest among historians in the history of the family and the household. A central aspect of the debate relates the story of the family to implicit notions of modernization, with the rise of the nuclear family in the West as part of its economic and political success. And some historians have pushed the idea of the nuclear family back in time for the most successful regions of Europe. During the past decade that synthesis has begun to break down as historians have begun to examine kinship, the way individual families are connected to each other through marriage and descent, finding that during the most dynamic period in European industrial development, class formation, and state reorganization, Europe became a "kinship hot" society. The essays in this volume explore two major transitions in kinship patterns--at the end of the Middle Ages and at the end of the eighteenth century--in an effort to reset the agenda in family history. David Warren Sabean has taught at the University of East Anglia, University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, and UCLA. He was a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for History (1976-83) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2001-2). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Forschungspreis (2004-6). He is currently the Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History at UCLA. Simon Teuscher is Professor of History at the University of Basel. He has previously taught at UCLA (2000-2004) and Zurich (1995-99) and been a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004-5). Jon Mathieu has taught in different universities in Switzerland and in other countries. He was the founding director of the Istituto di Storia delle Alpi at the University of Lugano (2000-5), currently he is Professor at the University of Lucerne.

Table of Contents

Glossary Preface Chapter 1. Kinship in Europe: A New Approach to Long-Term Development David Warren Sabean and Simon Teuscher Chapter 2. Bringing it All Back Home: Kinship Theory in Anthropology Sylvia J. Yanagisako TRANSITION 1: FROM MEDIEVAL TO EARLY MODERN KINSHIP PATTERNS Outline and Summaries Chapter 3. Lordship, Kinship, and Inheritance among the German High Nobility in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period Karl-Heinz Spiess Chapter 4. Politics of Kinship in the City of Bern at the End of the Middle Ages Simon Teuscher Chapter 5. Sisters,Aunts, and Cousins: Familial Architectures and the Political Field in Early Modern Europe Michaela Hohkamp Chapter 6. Political Power, Inheritance, and Kinship Relations: The Unique Features of Southern France (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) Bernard Derouet Chapter 7. The Making of Stability: Kinship, Church, and Power among the Rhenish Imperial Knighthood, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Christophe Duhamelle Chapter 8. Rights and Ties that Bind: Mothers, Children, and the State in Tuscany during the Early Modern Period Giulia Calvi Chapter 9. Kinship, Marriage, and Politics Gerard Delille TRANSITION 2: FROM EARLY MODERN TO NINETEENTH-CENTURY KINSHIP PATTERNS Outline and Summaries Chapter 10. Kinship and Mobility: Migrant Networks in Europe Laurence Fontaine Chapter 11. Kin Marriages: Trends and Interpretations from the Swiss Example Jon Mathieu Chapter 12. Kinship and Gender: Property, Enterprise, and Politics Elisabeth Joris Chapter 13. Kinship, Civil Society, and Power in Nineteenth-Century Vannes Christopher H. Johnson Chapter 14. Middle-Class Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Hungary Gabor Gyani Chapter 15. Kinship and Class Dynamics in Nineteenth-Century Europe David Warren Sabean Notes on Contributors Index

About the Author

David Warren Sabean has taught at the University of East Anglia, University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, and UCLA. He was a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for History (1976-83) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2001-2). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Forschungspreis (2004-6). He is currently the Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History at UCLA. Simon Teuscher is Professor of History at the University of Basel. He has previously taught at UCLA (2000-2004) and Zurich (1995-99) and been a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004-5). Jon Mathieu has taught in different universities in Switzerland and in other countries. He was the founding director of the Istituto di Storia delle Alpi at the University of Lugano (2000-5), currently he is Professor at the University of Lucerne.

Reviews

"As synthesis and provocative impulse this volume offers a stimulating overview of recent social and cultural-historical research on kinship." ...the three editors have done a fine job in integrating the individual studies and in ensuring that the English translations (by four different translators) read smoothly throughout. Standardization was a particularly important task.A" * JRAI On the whole, the general arguments made here for the continued importance of kinship in modernity, as well as the two major changes in kinship organization, are convincing. Kinship in Europe is also to be commended for its impressive array of subjects and the admirably diverse nature of its contributors. Above all, it manages to complicate traditional narratives of modernity, and provides a less simplistic, linear model of development." * H-German

EAN: 9781845457204
ISBN: 184545720X
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.85 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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