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Author: Peter N Stearns
Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2012.
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In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, modern urban, industrial, affluent societies have made great strides towards fixing some of the problems that plagued other societies for centuries: food shortages are nearly eliminated, infant and maternal mortality has fallen dramatically, birth control is both readily available and effective, education levels are higher, and internal violence is significantly reduced.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter N Stearns
ISBN: 9780814788554 0814788556 9780814783634 0814783635
OCLC Number: 793165427
Description: 1 online resource (281 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction: Being Cheerful and Modern; PART I. The Modern and the Happy: A Tenuous Embrace; 2 The Gap: Happiness Scales and the Edge of Sadness; 3 Component Parts: Modernity and Ideas of Happiness and Progress as Historical Forces; PART II. Maladjustments in Modernity; 4 Modernity's Deciencies; 5 False Starts and Surprises: Making Modernity More Difficult; 6 The Dilemmas of Work in Modernity; PART III. Great Expectations; 7 Death as a Modern Quandary; 8 Century of the Child? Childhood, Parenting, and Modernity.

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"In eight elegant, wide-ranging essays, the historian Peter N. Stearns explores answers to the question he considers the fundamental dilemma of modernity."-Carol Tavris,TLS "[Stearns] leaves the Read more...

 
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