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A History of Private Life, Volume IV: From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War

Edited by Michelle Perrot

Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Series edited by Phillippe Ariès

Georges Duby

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$59.50 • £47.95 • €53.50

ISBN 9780674400030

Publication Date: 03/15/1994


744 pages

16 color illustrations, 406 halftones

Belknap Press

History of Private Life


The fourth volume of this brilliant series arrives with the poignancy of a letter that through some fluke of the postal system has been delayed 70 or 100 years and is read by descendants of the original addressee… A whole century’s cries and murmurs are here, reminding us that their echoes are with us still.—Joseph Coates, The Chicago Tribune

Evocatively written, well translated, and beautifully illustrated.—Richard Sennett, New York Newsday

General readers as well as academic specialists will revel in the wealth of historical detail and insight offered here. Ariès saw three basic forces contributing to the profound social changes of the early modern era: the rise of state power, the spread of literacy, and new forms of religious piety. Together, the essays address each of these realms from several angles, providing glimpses at everything from cookbooks to charivaris, love letters to lettres decachet. The pattern that emerges is the creation of a sphere of private life, thought, and feeling that was unknown in the Middle Ages.Choice

Praise for the series:

There’s something wonderfully audacious about the very concept of ‘History of Private Life,’ a five-volume study that seeks to reveal the most intimate details of everyday life over three millennia of Western European history. Here is one scholarly work in which the bathroom and the bordello figure as importantly as the storming of the Bastille or the defeat of Napoleon… A fascinating glimpse into the distant and exotic past.—Jonathan Kirsch, The Los Angeles Times

The new emphasis on the history of everybody has now been consecrated in [this] ambitious five-volume series…masterfully translated by Arthur Goldhammer… Copious illustrative materials—paintings, drawings, caricatures, and photographs, all cannily chosen and wittily captioned to display domestic life… Magnificent.—Roger Shattuck, The New York Times Book Review

Together these five compact volumes cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority.The Washington Post Book World

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