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A Global History

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Clothing by Robert Ross

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In virtually all the countries of the world, men, and to a lesser extent women, are today dressed in very similar clothing. This book gives a compelling account and analysis of the process by which this has come about. At the same time it takes seriously those places where, for whatever reason, this process has not occurred, or has been reversed, and provides explanations for these developments. The first part of this story recounts how the cultural, political and economic power of Europe and, from the later nineteenth century North America, has provided an impetus for the adoption of whatever was at that time standard Western dress. Set against this, Robert Ross shows how the adoption of European style dress, or its rejection, has always been a political act, performed most frequently in order to claim equality with colonial masters, more often a male option, or to stress distinction from them, which women, perhaps under male duress, more frequently did. The book takes a refreshing global perspective to its subject, with all continents and many countries being discussed. It investigates not merely the symbolic and message-bearing aspects of clothing, but also practical matters of production and, equally importantly, distribution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745631875
ISBN-10: 0745631878
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book provides a detailed narrative of the Kat River Settlement in the Eastern Cape of South Africa during the nineteenth century.

Twenty-First Century Seapower by Robert Ross Twenty-First Century Seapower, Paperback (February 2014)

This text offers an assessment of the naval policies of emerging naval powers, and the implications for maritime security relations and the global maritime order. This work explores the underlying sources of maritime ambition through an analysis of various historical cases of naval expansionism.

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Author Biography - Robert Ross

Robert Ross is Professor of African History at the University of Leiden.

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