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Children RememberedResponses to Untimely Death in the Past$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846310218.001.0001

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Introduction: ‘the lines of life’

Introduction: ‘the lines of life’

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: ‘the lines of life’
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Children Remembered
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310218.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets the scene by raising the questions, making the case for their importance, suggesting how they might be resolved, and sketching the approach that will be adopted in the chapters that follow, and also introduces the principal characters and some of their conflicting opinions on appropriate lines to take. It tells of the way in which children were regarded by adults and, in particular, the ways in which parents responded to their untimely deaths. In so doing, the chapter engages with Philippe Ariès' controversial ‘parental indifference hypothesis’ as well as the wider approach to death and dying in the past developed mainly by French historians, including Michel Vovelle, Pierre Chaunu, and Daniel Roche.

Keywords:   parents, children, death, child mortality, Philippe Ariès, parental indifference hypothesis

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