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

ISBN 9780367143671
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
618 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.