By connecting two historiographies that, with a few exceptions, have generally ignored one another—gender history and the history of energy—this introductory article for the special issue “Home and Hearth: Gender and Energies within the Domestic Space, 19th-21st Centuries” highlights the fruitful
The coordinators of the Special issue section offer readers a series of additional contributions to shed light on a common topic. They combine rigor and readability in an effort to bring historical research to life, as well as to provide a wider audience with the keys needed to understand the past and through it—whether directly or indirectly—the present.
What a housewife should know: popularising electric devices in the Barcelona of the nineteen-thirties
In the advanced countries, the electrification of houses was one step further in the wave of modernization resulting from the sudden arrival of electricity in all areas of daily life at the beginning of the 1930s.
Relieving the housewife: Gender and the promise of geothermal district heating in Reykjavík, 1930s–1970s
Between 1939 and 1944, the City of Reykjavík in Iceland built a geothermal district heating utility that enabled the inhabitants to transition from coal to geothermal heating.
The breakthrough of the 21 degrees culture in Denmark. Undoing and doing gender in Danish home making after 1945
The energizing of Danish homes after World War II introduced a new heating culture, which paved the way for new lifestyles.
The electrification of households in Los Angeles provides an instructive window through which to study the changing contours of masculinity between 1900 and 1930.
At the same time that urban American hearths and kitchens became dependent upon coal, proscriptive accounts of gendered domesticity grew in popularity. Buying coal was a man’s world, full of sharp dealings, underhanded sellers, and cutthroat competition.