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
2. Domestic advice literature: an entangled history?
Part 2: Legal settings and domestic hierarchies
3. Spouses and the competition for wealth
4. Constructing and challenging dependence: masters and servants
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
7. Scholarly households
Part 4: Leisure and sociability
8. Leisure and the household
9. Domestic sociability and the emergence of the bürgertum
Part 5: consumption and material culture
10. Gender and consumption in the household economy
11. Making the material home: consumption, craft and gender
Part 6: Domestic conflict and violence
12. Sexual violence and domesticity
13. Managing conflicts and making peace
Inken Schmidt-Voges and Katharina Simon
Part 7: Emotions and intimacy
14. A space of emotions
15. Sexuality and intimacy
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
19. Gender implications of the separate spheres
Part 10: Semi-public Spaces
20. The urban Balkan home: the flower garden as a young girl’s place
21. Negotiating intermediate spaces: caretakers, doormen and concierges
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
25. Food preparation and meals in a gendered perspective
Part 13: Animals and plants
26. Dogs as domestic animals
27. Houseplants and the invention of indoor gardening
Part 14: Images and identity constructs
28. Dutch paintings of interiors and the invention of a bourgeois identity
29. The national house and home in the Polish literature and culture
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.