Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Europe, 1900 to 1940
Playing is important part of growing up, but at the beginning of the 20th century, childhood lasted far shorter than it is believed to today. Children were compelled to grow up and mature far more quickly. That was largely because of the fact that children in the villages and poorer children in the towns had to start work at a very early age and had little free time. That is why children entered the adult world at a very early age, and the nonexistence of a clear border between the world of children and the world of adults was also reflected in the games they played. In large families where several generations lived together, children's rights were not as respected as today, and parents did not believe that children had a need to play. On the contrary, they considered play as a waste of time, being of the opinion that ...