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Household
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1. History of the term

The term household (German haushalt, haushaltung, French ménage) first became current in the late-14th century as a compound of the two nouns “house, hold” [4]. Primarily, this refers to the activity of “managing the affairs of a house” [4], or, as Krunitz’ Enzyklopädie has it, “the government of a domestic society and all the business related to it” [2]. The German terms haushalt and haushaltung were often used as if they meant the same thing as “H…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Household”, 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 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020710>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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