Early Modern Daily Life

This site presents the research of Professor Craig Koslofsky and his students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Our work examines various aspects of daily life in the early modern world.

Currently, we are working on:

  • The Deep Surface: Skin in the Early Modern World

From skin color and the sense of touch to branding, blushing, and tattooing, this project examines the history of skin in the early modern world.

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See: Craig Koslofsky, “Knowing Skin in Early Modern Europe, c. 1450–1750,” History Compass 12, 10 (October 2014): 794–806.

  • Travelers and Expatriate Culture in Early Modern Paris

This project studies travelers’ experiences in Paris during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

  • Where’s the Buzz?: Caffeine and the Early History of Coffee in Europe

This project looks at early modern accounts of the curious properties of coffee.

  • Women at Work: Visualizing Women’s Trade Identities Before 1750

This Anglo-German comparison of material culture and art related to female dyers and other tradeswomen seeks new sources on the trades women officially–and unofficially–performed in the early modern economy.

  • Recent Scholarship on Daily Life in Early Modern Europe

An on-going bibliography of recent work on daily life in early modern Europe and the world.

  •  Darkness and the Night in Early Modern Europe

Much of this research was published in Craig Koslofsky, Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe. New Studies in European History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. (Winner of the Longman – History Today 2011 Book of the Year Award.)

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