1st Edition

The Routledge History of the Domestic Sphere in Europe 16th to 19th Century

Edited By Joachim Eibach, Margareth Lanzinger Copyright 2020
    618 Pages
    by Routledge

    618 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the multifaceted history of the domestic sphere in Europe from the Age of Reformation to the emergence of modern society. By focusing on daily practice, interaction and social relations, it shows continuities and social change in European history from an interior perspective.

    The Routledge History of the Domestic Sphere in Europe contains a variety of approaches from different regions that each pose a challenge to commonplace views such as the emergence of confessional cultures, of private life, and of separate spheres of men and women. By analyzing a plethora of manifold sources including diaries, court records, paintings and domestic advice literature, this volume provides an overview of the domestic sphere as a location of work and consumption, conflict and cooperation, emotions and intimacy, and devotion and education. The book sheds light on changing relations between spouses, parents and children, masters and servants or apprentices, and humans and animals or plants, thereby exceeding the notion of the modern nuclear family.

    This volume will be of great use to upper-level graduates, postgraduates and experienced scholars interested in the history of family, household, social space, gender, emotions, material culture, work and private life in early modern and nineteenth-century Europe.

    Introduction: continuities and transformations in the history of the domestic sphere

    Part 1: Language and discourse

    1. Domestic terminologies: house, household, family

    Jon Mathieu

    2. Domestic advice literature: an entangled history?

    Philip Hahn

    Part 2: Legal settings and domestic hierarchies

    3. Spouses and the competition for wealth

    Margareth Lanzinger

    4. Constructing and challenging dependence: masters and servants

    Raffaella Sarti

    Part 3: The domestic sphere as space of work

    5. Paid and unpaid work

    Beatrice Zucca Micheletto

    6. Lower state servants and home office work

    Maria Ågren

    7. Scholarly households

    Sebastian Kühn

    Part 4: Leisure and sociability

    8. Leisure and the household

    Catherine Richardson

    9. Domestic sociability and the emergence of the bürgertum

    Frank Hatje

    Part 5: consumption and material culture

    10. Gender and consumption in the household economy

    Jane Whittle

    11. Making the material home: consumption, craft and gender

    Serena Dyer

    Part 6: Domestic conflict and violence

    12. Sexual violence and domesticity

    Julie Hardwick

    13. Managing conflicts and making peace

    Inken Schmidt-Voges and Katharina Simon

    Part 7: Emotions and intimacy

    14. A space of emotions

    Claudia Opitz-Belakhal

    15. Sexuality and intimacy

    Sandro Guzzi-Heeb

    Part 8: Child-rearing and education

    16. Parental care and the emergence of a new pedagogical discourse

    Sylvie Moret Petrini

    17. Learning at home: class, religion, gender and family

    Mary Clare Martin

    Part 9: Privacy and the emergence of separate spheres?

    18. From open house to privacy? Domestic life from the perspective of diaries

    Joachim Eibach

    19. Gender implications of the separate spheres

    Elisabeth Joris

    Part 10: Semi-public Spaces

    20. The urban Balkan home: the flower garden as a young girl’s place

    Kristina Popova

    21. Negotiating intermediate spaces: caretakers, doormen and concierges

    Jens Wietschorke

    Part 11: The domestic sphere as a religious space

    22. Shaping confessional identities in the urban home

    Suzanna Ivanic and Irene Galandra Cooper

    23. Religion and domesticity

    Tine van Osselaer and Alexander Maurits

    Part 12: Health and food preparation

    24. The domestic culture of health

    Sandra Cavallo

    25. Food preparation and meals in a gendered perspective

    Raffaella Sarti

    Part 13: Animals and plants

    26. Dogs as domestic animals

    Aline Steinbrecher

    27. Houseplants and the invention of indoor gardening

    Sophie Ruppel

    Part 14: Images and identity constructs

    28. Dutch paintings of interiors and the invention of a bourgeois identity

    Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat

    29. The national house and home in the Polish literature and culture

    Monika Szczepaniak


    Joachim Eibach is Professor of Early Modern and Modern History at the University of Bern. He was Fernand Braudel-fellow at European University Institute Florence and Principle Investigator of the Swiss National Science Foundation project Doing House and Family. He edited the handbook Das Haus in der Geschichte Europas (2015).

    Margareth Lanzinger is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna. She was Visiting Professor at the Free University Berlin. Her second book deals with marriages between close relatives. She is Principal Investigator of the project The Role of Wealth in Defining and Constituting Kinship Spaces funded by the Austrian Wissenschaftsfonds FWF.