Through the keyhole

Dutch child-rearing practices in the 17th and 18th century. Three urban elite families

Benjamin Roberts

Through the keyhole

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ISBN: 978-90-6550-586-6, 224 blz., June 1998
Formaat: 24.0 (h) x 16.0 (b) x 2.2 (d) cm. Gewicht: 400 gram.

trefwoorden: opvoeding didactiek Republiek der Verenigde Nederlanden zeventiende eeuw achttiende eeuw private life childrearing seventeenth century ...


'Through the keyhole' focuses on childhood and childrearing as represented in the correspondence of three urban-elite families over the course of four generations: the De la Courts (Leiden), the Huijdecopers (Amsterdam) and the Van der Muelens (Utrecht). These families, which started out as modest tradesmen and manufacturers, became wealthy during the economic boom in the early seventeenth century. In this period of flexible social mobility, their newly-acquired wealth - as well as their Protestant denomination - gave them access to political positions in the town councils of the new republic. At home these urban elite shed their political attire and donned parental robes. Their correspondence unveils the many concerns of parents in the Early Modern era (including infant feeding, childhood illnesses, schooling for girls, affection in the parent-child relationship and moral guidance for adolescents), which have been watershed issues for family historians including Philippe Aries, Lawrence Stone, Linda Polloc and Steven Ozment. These intimate matters are observed as if looking through a keyhole, and are adressed within the realm of general pedagogical practices in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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