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HIST 3320: The History of Childhood



Citation: [Bev A] (n.d) The Children Who Built Victorian Britain Part 1 [Video File]. Retrieved from

Discussion Question

  • What were the forces of global change that effected modern childhood? Did they effect children of all classes and regions uniformly? 
  • What was the new cultural definition of childhood that evolved in the Victorian era? What do we mean by the Victorian child?
  • Did the new ideology of domesticity and child rearing match with real life conditions of all children?
  • Think about diverse examples from different countries and cultures to illustrate your argument.

Work to do

Discussion Board #3 (300-350 words) due on Blackboardblackboard logo, takes you to blackboard page..

  1. What kind of reactions do the six narratives of “Representing Childhood” provoke in your mind? Do you notice a Eurocentric bias in those essays? Are those essays helpful in understanding a global history of childhood? Or, are they partial and misleading for childhoods outside of Europe or the non-West? If you were to edit the essays, what might you suggest to the author for a more nuanced understanding of the history of childhood?