A Man's Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England

Domesticity is generally treated as an aspect of women's history. In this fascinating study of the nineteenth-century middle class, John Tosh shows how profoundly men's lives were conditioned by the Victorian ideal and how they negotiated its many contradictions. Tosh begins by looking at the experience of boyhood, married life, sex, and fatherhood in the early decades of the nineteenth century -- illustrated by case studies representing a variety of backgrounds -- and then contrasts this with the lives of the late ...

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