Thursday, October 15, 2015

The making of home: the 500-year story of how our houses became our homes

By Judith Flanders

This fascinating work discusses the change of how a dwelling to provide shelter morphed into what we now call home. It examines the technological advances that came along, i.e. chimneys, indoor plumbing, sewers, public water supplies, heating, cooking space, lighting, household appliances, etc. and how they affected the structure of houses.

Flanders also considers the emotional and sociological changes of what describes a family and the effect they had on the home/house. She discusses the changing role of wife as partner to wife as housewife, an economic non-entity, due to the Industrial Revolution.

An interesting look at the past with the focus on HOME.

~ Rochelle

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