Early Modern Ireland and the History of the Child

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Analysis of public policy on the care of children and youth in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland has generated a substantial historiography in recent years. By contrast there has been far less exploration of the state's attitude to young people in early modern Irish society. The historical dimension to the current debate on state care of minors is usually identified as beginning in the nineteenth century but the institutional custody of children originated in the sixteenth century. A central aim of this essay is to document the early modern context of public concern with children and youth in order to provide a more precise historical dimension to the contemporary debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren, Childhood and Irish Society: 1500 to the present
EditorsMaria Luddy, James Smith
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherFour Courts Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781846825255
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • history of the child
  • childhood
  • early modern Irish history


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