The study of past society in terms of what it "consumes" rather than what it "produces" is a relatively new development. The focus on consumption changes the entire emphasis of historical enquiry, amounting to a new description of a past culture as perceived through its patterns of consumption in goods and services. Under the direction of Professor John Brewer, the Clark Library of Los Angeles has created an ambitious international programme to present the material culture of the European eighteenth century. A programme which calls upon the methods and techniques of many other disciplines - archaeology, sociology, anthropology and art criticism to name but a few. "Consumption and the World of Goods" is the first of three volumes to examine history from this perspective, and is a collaboration between 26 of the leading subject specialists from Europe and North America. The result is a transformed presentation of the European eighteenth century.
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John Brewer is Professor of History at UCLA. Roy Porter is Senior Lecturer at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London.
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Book Description Routledge 1993-03-10, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. 0415037123. Bookseller Inventory # 655444
Book Description Routledge, London, 1993. Black Cloth Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Not Stated Presumed First Edition. xix, 564 pages. Silver lettering on the spine. The only fault the book has is a price, in pen, on the top of the front free endpaper. Dust jacket is protected in Brodart, has a closed tear on the top of the spine. A fine copy of this scarce hardcover edition of this study of consumption trends during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is a very heavy book and will require additional shipping charges. Size: 7.5 x 10. History. Bookseller Inventory # 006284
Book Description Routledge, London & New York, 1993 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1993. Large 8vo. pp xxii, 564,  plates. Original publisher's black cloth, lettered silver at the spine. Contributors include: Colin Campbell, Jan de Vries, John E. Willis, Jr., Peter Burke, Carole Shammas, Lorna Weatherill, Amanda Vickery, David Cressy, Iaroslav Isaievych, C. Y. Ferdinand. Consumption and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.ISBN: 0415037123 Fine in faintly rubbed, near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # C19675