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The Resource Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first, Frank Trentmann

Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first, Frank Trentmann

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Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first
Title
Empire of things
Title remainder
how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first
Statement of responsibility
Frank Trentmann
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What we consume has become a central-- perhaps the central-- feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by spending, we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions, and this ever-richer lifestyle has had an extraordinary impact on our planet. How have we come to live with so much stuff, and how has this changed the course of history? In Empire of Things, Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary story of our modern material world, from Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's global economy. While consumption is often portrayed as a recent American export, this monumental and richly detailed account shows that it is in fact a truly international phenomenon with a much longer and more diverse history. Trentmann traces the influence of trade and empire on tastes, as formerly exotic goods like coffee, tobacco, Indian cotton and Chinese porcelain conquered the world, and explores the growing demand for home furnishings, fashionable clothes and convenience that transformed private and public life. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries brought department stores, credit cards and advertising, but also the rise of the ethical shopper, new generational identities and, eventually, the resurgence of the Asian consumer. With an eye to the present and future, Frank Trentmann provides a long view on the global challenges of our relentless pursuit of more-- from waste and debt to stress and inequality. A masterpiece of research and storytelling many years in the making, Empire of Things recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled our lives over the past six hundred years"--
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Trentmann, Frank
Dewey number
339.4709
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Materialism
  • Mass society
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Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first, Frank Trentmann
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [693]-799) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Three cultures of consumption -- The Enlightenment of consumption -- Imperium of things -- Cities -- The consumer revolution comes home -- Age of ideologies -- Inside affluence -- Asia consumes -- Buy now, pay later -- Not so fast -- From the cradle to the grave -- Outside the marketplace -- Home and away -- Matters of the spirit -- Throwaway society?
Control code
FIEb17812318
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 862 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062456328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)974467469
Label
Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first, Frank Trentmann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [693]-799) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Three cultures of consumption -- The Enlightenment of consumption -- Imperium of things -- Cities -- The consumer revolution comes home -- Age of ideologies -- Inside affluence -- Asia consumes -- Buy now, pay later -- Not so fast -- From the cradle to the grave -- Outside the marketplace -- Home and away -- Matters of the spirit -- Throwaway society?
Control code
FIEb17812318
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 862 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062456328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)974467469

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