A History of Private Life: Riddles of identity in modern times

Front Cover
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 1991 - History - 630 pages
4 Reviews
The final volume in the award-winning series charts the remarkable inner history of our times from the tumult of World War I to the present day, when personal identity was released from its moorings in gender, family, social class, religion, politics, and nationality. "A fascinating glimpse into the distant and exotic past".--Los Angeles Times. 230 halftones, 2 tables.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I found the chapters on Rome enlightening and fascinating. This book brings home the brutality of daily Roman life, especially with its descriptions of abandoned infants left to die by the side of the ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I find this book, not very easy to read as a continuous narrative. It's a good source for essays and lectures. I'm not particularly in tune with 20th Century French Social history. Some good diagrams and architectural drawings. Read full review


Changing Workers and Workplaces
The Family and the Individual

10 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1991)

About the Author:
The late Philippe Aries was also the author of Centuries of Childhood.

Antoine Prost is Professor of History at the Universite de Paris I. He is the author and editor of several books, including Republican Identities in War and Peace, Representations of France in the 19th and 20th Centuries (2002) and The Emergence of European Trade Unionism (with Jean-Louis Robert and Chris Wrigley, 2004).

Georges Duby is Emeritus Professor at the College de France and one of the most eminent French historians. He is a memeber of the Academie Francaise, and holds the French National Order of Merit and Legion of Honour, amongst other distinctions.

Bibliographic information