Private Lives in the Public Eye: Men, Women, and Children in Western History

History 280U.005

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
M 12-2P

This course will provide a broad focus examination of how matters relating to gender, childhood and family have been integral to western development since the Reformation.  We will be reading books and articles that examine the political, social and cultural dimensions of matters relating to private lives and focus especially on how private lives have been affected by and also altered public life, including religion, economics, and politics.

The readings include some that cover the period overall and others that focus on some smaller period of time or specific nation or problem.  One of our objectives is to understand how the West has operated as a single region for some purposes, and how its has created quite distinct histories in others.

Course Books

When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe by Steven Ozment Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674951211 Required
Women of the Republic by Linda Kerber The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807846322 Required
Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500 by Hugh Cunningham Routledge. ISBN: 978-0582784536 Required
The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World by Paula Fass Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138820616 Required
Children of Fate by Nara Milanich Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822345749 Required
Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna by Larry Wolff NYU Press . ISBN: 978-0814792872 Required
A World of their Own Making by John Gillis Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674961883 Required
The Decline of Patriarchy in the West by Pavla Miller Indiana University Press. ISBN: 978-0253334695 Required
The Protestant Temperament by Philip Greven University Of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226308302 Required
When Fathers Ruled by Steven Ozment Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674951211 Required
The Family Romance of the French Revolution by Lynn Hunt University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520082700 Required
How Fascism Ruled Women by Victoria deGrazia University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520074576 Required
Learning to Forget by Stephen Lassonde Yale. ISBN: 978-0300134339 Required
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow Oxford. ISBN: 978-0195323436 Required
Prostitution and Victorian Society by Judith Walkowitz Cambridge. ISBN: 978-0521270649 Required