The History of Childhood

“The direction of human affairs has never been confided to children, and historians who have concerned themselves primarily with political and military affairs and at most with the intrigues and rivalries of royal courts, have paid almost no attention to the ordeals of childhood…Yet it seems clear that the history of childhood must be of major importance to any study of human society…It is high time that it should be told…”

– William L. Langer, from the Foreword

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