Readership: Historians, academics, and students of gender studies and Britain in the eighteenth century.
Karen Harvey, Senior Lecturer in Cultural History, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Karen Harvey is a cultural historian of Britain in the long eighteenth century. She has published widely on gender, sexuality, and material culture.
"In The Little Republic, Karen Harvey successfully situates men at the heart of 18th-century households. Subverting a succession of tired stereotypes about the exclusive femininity of the domestic sphere, her richly researched volume sheds much new light into the dark corners of the Georgian home. Taking into account both theories of domestic economy and material practices of daily life, Harvey presents us with a new and compelling account of British masculinity at the cusp between early modern and modern times." - Margot Finn, University College London
"a stimulating work of originality, analysing the relationship between men and the domestic household in the eighteenth century. ... The book breaks new ground." -
"This is a book based on diligent research and careful thought. It painstakingly recreates the daily practice of a hitherto rather neglected aspect of eighteenth-century masculinity, and reconstructs the eighteenth-century middle-class household as the joint, complementary domain of men and women." - Faramerz Dabhoiwala, English Historical Review
"ambitiously undertake to bring clarity to what is a still rather muddled history of men and manhood. They succeed admirably." - James Rosenheim, American Historical Review
2: The Language of Oeconomy
3: Words into Practice
4: Keeping House
5: Identity and Authority
6: Conclusion: Oeconomy and the Reproduction of Patriarchy
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