Intergenerational and Intrafamilial Relations during Wars (19-20th centuries)

Intergenerational and Intrafamilial Relations during Wars (19-20th centuries)

Organizers

Professor Ioan Bolovan (Babeș-Bolyai University and Center for Transylvanian Studies – Romanian Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Dr. Sorina Paula Bolovan (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)

Discussant

Professor Ioan Bolovan (Babeș-Bolyai University and Center for Transylvanian Studies – Romanian Academy Cluj-Napoca)

Contact details: ioanbolovan62@gmail.com

Panel title

Intergenerational and Intrafamilial Relations in Europe during Wars (19-20th centuries)

Panel description

Scientists belonging to various disciplines have attempted to develop explanatory models of intergenerational exchanges, or to identify the motives and mechanisms whereby parents and their adult offspring engage in a particular type of intergenerational behaviour. The European society in the modern era was still profoundly traditional, as the modernity usually associated with urban and industrial spaces had only occasionally managed to dislodge the traditional type of relations both within the family and in the community. We wish to reconstruct succinctly, outlining aspects of continuity and discontinuity concerning the European society in 19-20th centuries. We shall focus on the communication between the combatants on the “heated” front (the soldiers in the trenches) and the combatants on the “internal” front, back home. The communication reveal the complex dimensions of intergenerational and family relations during the war. The increased mobility of the population, especially of those deployed on the battle fields in those years, was likely to contribute to the “contamination” of large population segments with practices, attitudes and feelings that could hardly have been noticed under normal peace conditions and against a traditional mental horizon. What undeniably also happened during those years was the beginning of destructuring the absolute authority of the man in the family, coupled with the woman’s tendency to earn her right to equality but not only.