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Under the direction of Professor John Brewer, the Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies and the Clark Library at UCLA have created an ambitious international programme to analyse the material culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through its patterns of consumption. Focus on this period allows consideration of a world in which economic and political connections are becoming global, in which an unprecedented range of goods and services are on offer, and in which the old political structures are first subverted and then radically modified. The Age of Enlightenment is transmuted into the first Age of Consumption.
The present volume, the first of three, is the result of a unique collaboration between twenty-six leading subject specialists from Europe and North America. The outcome is a new interpretation of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one that shapes a new historical landscape based on the consumption of goods and services.
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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.Review:
'Oustanding collection of essays ...' - The Observer ABC CIRC 551 475
'The papers reflect a marvellous diversity of methodological approaches and material content, .... a stimulating collection of papers, all of an extremely high standard, ...' - Patricia Fara British Jrnl for History of Science
'There is something for everybody in this big volume...' - The Times Literary Supplement
'This book deserves to be widely read,...' - Financial Times
'outstanding collection of essays.' - The Observer
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Book Description Routledge, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110415037123
Book Description Routledge, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0415037123