- The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350–1750
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Maps
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: ‘Early Modern’ Europe and the Idea of Early Modernity
- The Cartographic Emergence of Europe?
- Weather, Climate, and the Environment
- Disease and Medicine
- Historical Demography
- Travel and Communications
- Languages and Literacy
- Printing and Printedness
- A Revolution in Information?
- Economic and Social Trends
- The Social Order
- Households and Family Systems
- Social Roles and Individual Identities
- Consumption and Material Life
- The Agrarian West
- The Agrarian East
- Country and Town in Mediterranean Europe
- Towns and Urbanization
- The Christian Church, 1370<i>–</i>1550
- Protestantism and its Adherents
- Early Modern Catholicism
- The World of Eastern Orthodoxy
- The Transformations of Judaism
- Islam and Muslims in Europe
- Cultures of Peoples
- Belief and its Limits
- Index of Names and Places
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the major contours of family and household patterns in early modern European history. Drawing on research in historical family demography, together with the various ways in which the notion of ‘family systems’ have been conceptualized within this discipline, it presents an overview from the perspectives of leaving home, life-cycle service, marriage and household formation, domestic group structure, and individual living arrangements. By blending history and historiography, the chapter surveys the present state of the subject, illustrates crucial developments over the last four decades, and suggests areas where considerably more research is needed before a more complete picture of early modern European family and household patterns can be achieved.
Mikołaj Szołtysek, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany.
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