The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes (Paperback)

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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 the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Murder and The Victorian City shows in her most ambitious work to date, "home" is a relatively new idea.

In The Making of Home, Judith Flanders traces the evolution of the house from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century across northern Europe and America, showing how the homes we know today bear only a faint resemblance to homes though history. What turned a house into a home? Flanders uncovers the fascinating development of ordinary household items--from cutlery, chairs and curtains, to fitted kitchens, plumbing and windows--while also dismantling many domestic myths.

In this prodigiously researched and engagingly written book, Flanders elegantly draws together the threads of religion, history, economics, technology and the arts to show not merely what happened, but why it happened: how we ended up in a world where we can all say, like Dorothy in Oz, "There's no place like home."

About the Author

JUDITH FLANDERS is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, andSpectator. She lives in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250096111
ISBN-10: 1250096111
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English