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p. 71. Traditionslocked

  • James Marten


More is known about ancient childhoods in the West than elsewhere in the world, but from what is known, all cultures believed that childhood was more than a phase of biological immaturity, and all developed institutions, practices, and concepts designed to bring children up to continue their cultures. “Traditions” describes what is known about childhood in prehistory, outside the ancient West, in the ancient West, and in pre-contact America. It goes on to consider the visions of childhood in Christianity, Islam, and other religions, and childhood in the medieval world. The life of a child was shaped by the rise of settled societies and complex economies, systems of belief, and philosophical and practical innovations.

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