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    Arrow as recently as

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, as recently as the 1800s, what does it mean? Thanks in advance.


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    Re: as recently as

    Without context - it generally means that something occurred/took place up to a recent point in the past.

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    Re: as recently as

    The writer is referring to a phenomenon that did not die out as early as most people think: for example - 'Most people think that slavery was abolished in the UK in the nineteenth century, but as recently as 1980* people were still practising it'.

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    *This date is just for the sake of the example. I understand that organized criminals still do it (in the form of enforced prostitution). And of course many people hold that many human institutions - like forced marriage - constitute a sort of slavery. But that's not the point.

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    Re: as recently as

    Here is the context: During the fourth century, the practice of infanticide was largely replaced with the practice of abondment (de Mause, 1974). Whenever possible, problem infants were given away to be reared by substitute families or religious orders. As recently as 1800s, many young mothers in Europe and America left their babies on the steps of a church or a mansion....... .
    To be sure, "as recently as" means that the mentioned act of these mothers stopped not long ago before the 1800s, or during this period?


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    Re: as recently as

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Here is the context: During the fourth century, the practice of infanticide was largely replaced with the practice of abondment (de Mause, 1974). Whenever possible, problem infants were given away to be reared by substitute families or religious orders. As recently as 1800s, many young mothers in Europe and America left their babies on the steps of a church or a mansion....... .
    To be sure, "as recently as" means that the mentioned act of these mothers stopped not long ago before the 1800s, or during this period?
    Almost. It means that this practice continued until the 1800s [ which is really a very unspecific reference since it covers the period 1800-1899]. This practice of leaving a baby in a church or convent was continued until the institution of orphanages which took in foundlings and other abandoned infants, which happened at the end of the 18th century.

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