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The Making of Home

(2014)
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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 Judith Flanders shows in her best and most ambitious work to date, "home" is a relatively new idea.

In The Making of Home, 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 the concept of home? Why did northwestern Europe, a politically unimportant, sociologically underdeveloped region of the world, suddenly became the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, the capitalist crucible that created modernity? While investigating these important questions, Flanders uncovers the fascinating development of ordinary household items--from cutlery, chairs and curtains, to the fitted kitchen, plumbing and windows--while also dismantling many domestic myths.

In this prodigiously researched and engagingly written book, Flanders brilliantly and 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."

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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-250-06735-9 / 978-1-250-06735-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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October 2014 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-year story of how our houses became homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-84887-798-6 / 978-1-84887-798-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-250-09611-1 / 978-1-250-09611-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-year story of how our houses became homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
ISBN: 1-84887-800-1 / 978-1-84887-800-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   

October 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes
Author(s): Judith Flanders
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


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