The Emergence of Childhood – From the Ancient World Until the Dawn of the Enlightenment

  • Brian Milne


The emergence of the concept of modern childhood is looked at over a period of about 2,500 years over two chapters. This chapter looks at the first part of that period, beginning with the Classical Period, then moving on to Asian philosophies and beliefs and their influence beyond Europe, then the Romans as a wider source of influence in Europe. The Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages follow, with a brief insight into the Mongol Empire that at one time brought Asian and European cultures closer together as the ‘Golden Horde’ swept across the Eurasian landmass. The Children’s Crusades, Medieval children and the effect of the Black Death on European populations complete examination then introduce the Modern Period through the emergence of mercantile capitalism and the Reformation. The influence of the age of exploration and opening up of the New World draws this chapter to a close and the changing world of children is examined as it moves on to the next period.


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  • Brian Milne
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  1. 1.Independent ConsultantCalèsFrance

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