Centuries of Child Labour
European Experiences from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century
Ashgate 2004, 282 s. ISBN 0-7546-0498-5
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Most historical studies of child labour have tended
to confirm a narrative which witnesses the gradual disappearance of child labour
in Western Europe as politicians and social reformers introduced successive
legislation, gradually removing children from the workplace. This approach fails
to explain the return or continuance of child labour in many affluent European
societies. Centuries of Child Labour explains changes in past child labour and
attitudes to working children in a way that helps explain the continued survival
of the practice from the seventeenth through to the late twentieth centuries.
Centuries of Child Labour conveys a richer sense of child labour by
comparing the experiences of the Northern European periphery to the paradigmatic
cases of Britain,and France. The northern cases, drawing heavily on empirical
evidence from Sweden, Finland and Russia, test received ideas of child labour,
through comparisons with Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Presenting
the children themselves as the main protagonists, rather than the law makers,
industrialists and social commentators of the time, Dr Rahikainen provides fresh
information and perspectives, offering revelations to readers familiar only with
the situation in France and Britain.
in early modern manufacturing; Peasant children as part of the labour force;
Child labour during the agricultural revolution; A century of factory children;
The urban labour market for children; 20th-century child labour; Conclusions;