Here is an absorbing overview of one of the great-and most often overlooked- themes in all history. Old age is a subject with huge contemporary resonance, given gloomy predictions of an aging population imposing enormous financial burdens on a shrinking population of younger workers.
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Book Description Book Condition: New. How old is 'old'? How many people survived to old age? Were the old respected and cared for? Did sexuality survive into old age? Here, a group of historians address these and allied questions, tracing the way Western society has treated old people from antiquity to the present day, a history infinitely more varied than we have supposed. It is a story of great contemporary resonance, in which patient historical detective work demolishes both our own prejudices and the propaganda of the past and coaxes new insights. Visual evidence is of major importance, and here the book is highly original. Drawing upon art through two millennia, but looking beneath the surface in ways not always intended by the artists, it presents a picture that is sometimes compassionate, sometimes horrifying but overall unexpectedly reassuring. A brilliantly researched, beautifully illustrated collection of essays that warns of dangers ahead but ends as a touching tribute to the body's resilience and the spirit's durability. PETER CONRAD'S 'BOOK OF THE YEAR', OBSERVER. Bookseller Inventory # 1525
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0500251266
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110500251266