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Household economy
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1. Definition

Today,  “household economy” refers to the supply (especially of provisions) of a large household or institution on a commercial basis. In this sense, home economics is an academic and university-taught subject that came into existence (initially in the USA) in the late-19th century in the context of the bourgeois women’s education movement. This modern sense of the term takes …

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Sokoll, Thomas, “Household economy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020742>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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