Throughout history, effort, enterprise and energy have been expended by women in maintaining the household: cooking, cleaning, lighting, heating, and laundry. This highly illustrated and delightfully written account looks at the changing role of the housewife over three hundred years. The period covered was one of immense social changenew social and family relationships, scientific advances and economic developments all had an effect on the housewife, some dramatic, others more gradual. Much of what we now take for grantedinstant hot water, heat and light at the flick of a switch, fresh food all year roundwould have been inconceivable to the many "household managers" represented in this book. With its use of primary material and rare feel for the social history of domestic life, this book will be an entertaining and informative guide to the many changes which have not only made life easier for the housewife but have altered our perceptions of the role itself.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.68(d)|
About the Author
Una A. Robertson is a history graduate who has taught for the University of Edinburgh's Continuing Education Department.
Table of Contents
Who Are the Housewives?
• Fuels and Fireplaces
• Lighting the Home
• Water and Drainage
• The Workforce
• Cleaning: Methods and Mixtures
• The Means of Cooking
• Provisioning the Household
• Storage and Preservation of Food
• Meals and Mealtimes
• Pastimes and Pleasures Around the Home
• Pastimes and Pleasures Outside the Home
• The Housewife in the Wider World