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The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes - Judith Flanders
The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes
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The 500-year story of how, and why, our homes have come to be what they are, from the bestselling author of The Victorian City and The Victorian House. The idea that 'home' is a special place, a separate place, a place where we can be our true selves, is so obvious to us today that we barely... show more
The 500-year story of how, and why, our homes have come to be what they are, from the bestselling author of The Victorian City and The Victorian House.

The idea that 'home' is a special place, a separate place, a place where we can be our true selves, is so obvious to us today that we barely pause to think about it. But, as Judith Flanders shows in her fascinating new book, 'home' is a relatively new idea. When in 1900 Dorothy assured the citizens of Oz that 'There is no place like home', she was expressing a view that was the climax of 300 years of change.

In The Making of Home, Flanders traces the evolution of the house from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century across northern Europe and America, and shows how the 'homes' we know today bear only a faint resemblance to 'homes' through history. Along the way she investigates the development of ordinary household items - from cutlery, chairs and curtains, to the fitted kitchen, plumbing and windows - while also dismantling many domestic myths.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781848877986 (1848877986)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Non Fiction, History
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Reflections
Reflections rated it
4.0 A detailed backstory of the places we call home
This copiously researched 500 year history of homes in Europe and America has an almost overwhelming amount of detail, but is so fascinating I kept interrupting the lives of people around me to share something I had just read. Stretching from the tiny, crowded, windowless shacks of our ancestors to ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
0.0 The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes
I'm not at all sure I actually finished this, so, back into the queue.
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