A Cultural History of the Home provides a comprehensive survey of the domestic space from ancient times to the present. Spanning 2800 years, the six volumes explore how different cultures and societies have established, developed and used the home. It reveals a great deal about how people have lived day-to-day in a range of regions and epochs by providing a historical focus on the location in which they will have spent much of their time: the domestic space.
1. A Cultural History of the Home in Antiquity (800 BCE - 800 CE)
2. A Cultural History of the Home in the Medieval Age (800 - 1450)
3. A Cultural History of the Home in the Renaissance (1450 - 1648)
4. A Cultural History of the Home in the Age of Enlightenment (1648 - 1815)
5. A Cultural History of the Home in the Age of Empire (1815 - 1920)
6. A Cultural History of the Home in the Modern Age (1920 - present)
Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters:
1. The Meaning of the Home
2. Family and Household
3. The House
4. Furniture and Furnishings
5. Home and Work
6. Gender and Home
7. Hospitality and Home
8. Religion and Home
This structure offers readers a broad overview of a period within each volume or the opportunity to follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter across volumes.
Generously illustrated, the full six-volume set combines to present the most detailed survey available on the home in history.