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.

chapter |22 pages


Continuities and transformations in the history of the domestic sphere

part I|36 pages

Language and discourse

chapter 1|18 pages

Domestic terminologies

House, household, family

chapter 2|16 pages

Domestic advice literature 1

An entangled history?

part II|40 pages

Legal settings and domestic hierarchies

chapter 4|20 pages

Constructing and challenging dependence

Masters and servants

part III|56 pages

The domestic sphere as space of work

chapter 5|19 pages

Paid and unpaid work

chapter 7|21 pages

Scholarly households

part IV|42 pages

Leisure and sociability

part V|38 pages

Consumption and material culture

chapter 11|17 pages

Making the material home

Consumption, craft and gender

part VI|34 pages

Domestic conflict and violence

part VII|35 pages

Emotions and intimacy

chapter 14|15 pages

A Space Of Emotions

chapter 15|18 pages

Sexuality and intimacy

part VIII|39 pages

Child-rearing and education

chapter 17|21 pages

Learning at home

Class, religion, gender and family

part IX|36 pages

Privacy and the emergence of separate spheres?

chapter 18|17 pages

From open house to privacy?

Domestic life from the perspective of diaries

part X|34 pages

Semi-public spaces

chapter 21|18 pages

Caretakers, doormen, concierges

Negotiating intermediate spaces

part XI|38 pages

The domestic sphere as a religious space

part XII|40 pages

Health and food preparation

part XIII|31 pages

Animals and plants