Based on themes such as status and welfare, Old Age from Antiquity to Post-Modernity examines the role of the elderly in history. This empirical study represents a substantial contribution to both the historical understanding of old age in past societies as well as the discussion of the contribution of post-modernism to historical scholarship.

chapter 1|18 pages

Historical readings of old age and ageing

ByPaul Johnson

chapter 2|24 pages

Ageing in antiquity

Status and participation
ByTim G. Parkin

chapter 3|21 pages

Old age in the high and late Middle Ages

Image, expectation and status
ByShulamith Shahar

chapter 4|32 pages

Ageing and well-being in early modern England

Pension trends and gender preferences under the English Old Poor Law c. 1650–1800
ByRichard M. Smith

chapter 5|14 pages

Balancing social and cultural approaches to the history of old age and ageing in Europe

A review and an example from post- Revolutionary France
ByDavid G. Troyansky

chapter 6|22 pages

The ageing of the population

Relevant question or obsolete notion?
ByPatrice Bourdelais

chapter 8|34 pages

Old age in the New World

New Zealand's colonial welfare experiment
ByDavid Thomson

chapter 9|31 pages

The family lives of old people

ByPat Thane

chapter 10|15 pages

Parallel histories of retirement in modern Britain

ByPaul Johnson