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The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Karen Harvey


The relationship between men and the domestic in eighteenth-century Britain has, until now, been obscure. The Little Republic rescues the engagement of men with the house from this obscurity, better equipping historians to understand masculinity, the domestic environment and domestic patriarchy. This book reconstructs men’s experiences of the house, examining the authority that accrued to mundane and everyday household practices and employing men’s own concepts to understand what men thought and felt about their domestic lives. This book explores the distinctive relationship between the domest ... More

Keywords: masculinity, house, oeconomy, household, patriarchy, gender, middling sort, cultural history, Britain, eighteenth-century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Harvey, author
Senior Lecturer in Cultural History, Department of History, University of Sheffield