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HIST 3320: The History of Childhood


Primary Sources

Discussion Questions

  • Based on your readings do you notice changes and continuity in children’s lives from the classical to the medieval times?
  • Stearns writes: “A revealing way to assess traditional Western approaches to childhood emerges from comparative analysis: was there anything particularly unusual about premodern Western childhood compared to the patterns in other agricultural civilizations?” (Stearns, 64). How would you corroborate Stearn’s statement from specific examples cited in the text and the primary sources you read? Explore more primary sources beyond the syllabus and share it with the class.