Parenting and the State in Britain and Europe, c. 1870-1950

Raising the Nation

  • Hester Barron
  • Claudia Siebrecht

Table of contents

About this book


This innovative collection draws on original research to explore the dynamic interactions between parents, governments and their representatives across a range of European contexts; from democratic Britain and Finland, to Stalinist Russia and Fascist Italy. The editors pay close attention to the various relationships and dynamics between parents and the state, showing that the different parties were defined not solely by coercion or manipulation, but also by collaboration and negotiation. Parents were not passive recipients of government direction: rituals and cultures of parenting could both affirm and undermine state politics. Readers will find this collection crucial to understanding family life and the role of the state during a period when both underwent significant change.


19th Century Youth History of childhood Parenthood Social history

Editors and affiliations

  • Hester Barron
    • 1
  • Claudia Siebrecht
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-34083-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-34084-5
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