Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Institution

Murray State University

KY House District #

32

KY Senate District #

36

Department

Dept. of History

Abstract

This research project will explore interpersonal relationships in early modern Scotland. The early modern period is commonly defined at 1500-1750. Under Dr. Callahan's guidance, we looked at archival evidence from the early modern period in the National Records of Scotland which primarily consisted of personal correspondence. Since this project will focus on the upper classes and the depictions of family structures in personal correspondence, these letters between family members provide critical evidence to draw conclusions about family life in early modern Europe. By studying personal correspondence conclusions can be drawn regarding family structure along the lines of economic activity, domestic life, marriage and death, and other major aspects of life. These are important topics to consider when studying how upper class individuals interacted with their society during this time.

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Family Structure in Early Modern Scotland

This research project will explore interpersonal relationships in early modern Scotland. The early modern period is commonly defined at 1500-1750. Under Dr. Callahan's guidance, we looked at archival evidence from the early modern period in the National Records of Scotland which primarily consisted of personal correspondence. Since this project will focus on the upper classes and the depictions of family structures in personal correspondence, these letters between family members provide critical evidence to draw conclusions about family life in early modern Europe. By studying personal correspondence conclusions can be drawn regarding family structure along the lines of economic activity, domestic life, marriage and death, and other major aspects of life. These are important topics to consider when studying how upper class individuals interacted with their society during this time.

 

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