HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE, VOL. IV: From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War by Michelle--Ed. Perrot

HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE, VOL. IV: From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fourth installment in a serious, immense, and ever-absorbing study of the evolution of private life (From Pagan Rome to Byzantium, 1987; Revelations of the Medieval World, 1988; Passions of the Renaissance, 1989). Now, seven historians survey the ascendancy of private life between the French Revolution and WW II--an era that saw the affirmation of the individual within the Romantic movement; the legalization of personal rights; the rise of the middle-class nuclear family as Europe's prime socioeconomic unit; the triumph of capitalism; and a new sexual freedom coupled with the rise of the women's rights movement. As in the earlier volumes, here copious illustrations (406 b&w, 16 color) open up the text, which itself, though based on rigorous research and generally erudite, builds mostly by anecdote and example, with frequent reference to original source material.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1990
Publisher: Harvard Univ. Press