The History of Families and Households: Comparative European Dimensions


The history of family and households has been the subject of intensive research for over a generation. In the 1970s Peter Laslett and others set the agenda with a strong emphasis on geographical differences between northern and southern, eastern and western Europe. Others have challenged this view, pioneering different approaches. This volume takes stock of the field, focussing particularly on family history in South-East Europe in comparison with the rest of Europe. The authors consider what European families have in common, their regional and local differences and changes over time, using the rich and fascinating variety of sources and methods used by family historians today.

Contributors include: Guido Alfani, Judit Ambrus, Mirjana V. Bobić, Siegfried Gruber, Peter Guzowski, Violetta Hionidou, Daniela Lombardi, Beatrice Moring, Silvia Sovič, Pat Thane, Alice Velková, Marta Verginella, and Pier Paolo Viazzo.

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SILVIA SOVIČ (PhD, Essex) researches and publishes on 19th-century family history. In 2010 she organised the conference on ‘The History of Families and Households: Comparative European Dimensions’ on which this volume is based.

PAT THANE, PhD (LSE), FBA is Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College, London. Her many publications include: Old Age in English History. Past Experiences, Present Issues (OUP 2000) and Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth Century Britain with Tanya Evans (OUP 2012).

PIER PAOLO VIAZZO (PhD, London) was a Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and is now Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Turin. He is the author of Upland Communities (CUP 1989).
Social, economic and cultural historians as well as historical and contemporary demographers, sociologists and anthropologists; postgraduates, undergraduates and the general academic reader