19 February 1987
Show More Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County 1649-1699 by Roger Thompson.
Massachusetts, 252 pp., £28.50, October 1986, 0 87023 516 8Show More
Breasts, Bottles and Babies: A History of Infant Feeding by Valerie Fildes.
Edinburgh, 462 pp., £19.75, August 1986, 0 85224 462 2Show More
“... Thompson shows, and, he might have added, one of the silliest propositions of the ‘new familial history’, to which Stone seemingly now owes little in the way of allegiance. Similarly, the book by ValerieFildes has many other purposes besides the falsification of a further proposition put forward in the 1970s: the proposition that, in the past, babies were neglected and mothers lacking in affection ...”