Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the 15th Century to The 21st

Penguin Books, Limited, 2. feb. 2017 - 880 sider
'Magnificent ... groundbreaking ... a triumph' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
'A masterpiece, a delight to read ... a rare and beautiful thing' Gerard DeGroot, The Times

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

'I read Empire Of Things with unflagging fascination ... elegant, adventurous and colourful ... gleefully provocative' John Preston, Daily Mail

'Such a pleasure to read ... From Victorian department stores to modernist kitchens, his book revels in the things that most historians tend to overlook' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

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LibraryThing Review

Brukerevaluering  - mcdenis - LibraryThing

This is a monumental work that describes what we value and accumulate as “stuff”from the 15th Century to the 21st Century with statistics, charts and copious footnotes. Trentmann debunks many of the ... Les hele vurderingen

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Brukerevaluering  - expatscot - LibraryThing

Full of fascinating little facts and well worth the read. Maybe better in the first and last phases and a little too polemic in the middle, but certainly should be on the list of anyone with an interest in how we live today and how we got here. Les hele vurderingen

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Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and directed the e5 million Cultures of Consumption research programme. His last book, Free Trade Nation, won the Whitfield Prize for outstanding historical scholarship and achievement from the Royal Historical Society. He was educated at Hamburg University, the LSE and at Harvard, where he received his PhD. In 2014 he was Moore Distinguished Fellow at Caltech.

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