A History of Everyday Things
The Birth of Consumption in France, 1600-1800
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History of Everyday Things by Daniel Roche
Book DescriptionThings which we regard as the everyday objects of consumption (and hence re-purchase), and essential to any decent, civilised lifestyle, have not always been so: in former times, everyday objects would have passed from one generation to another, without anyone dreaming of acquiring new ones. How, therefore, have people in the modern world become 'prisoners of objects', as Rousseau put it? The celebrated French cultural historian Daniel Roche answers this fundamental question using insights from economics, politics, demography and geography, as well as his own extensive historical knowledge. Professor Roche places familiar objects and commodities - houses, clothes, water - in their wider historical and anthropological contexts, and explores the origins of some of the daily furnishings of modern life. A History of Everyday Things is a pioneering essay that sheds light on the origins of the consumer society and its social and political repercussions, and thereby the birth of the modern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521633291
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel Roche
France in the Enlightenment, Paperback (April 2000)
By placing politics and material culture at the heart of historical change, Daniel Roche captures the complexity and depth of the Enlightenment. He shows the reader the 18th-century France of the peasant, the merchant, the noble, the King, from Paris to the provinces.
History of Everyday Things, Paperback (March 2000)
Daniel Roche examines the birth of the consumer society via an examination of the history of everyday things.
Culture of Clothing, Paperback (October 1996)
This book is easily the most thorough and wide-ranging study of clothing and its social meaning that has been written to date.
People of Paris, Paperback (May 1987)» View all books by Daniel Roche
In his collective portrait of the common people, Roche offers a rich and fascinating description of their lives--their housing, food, dress, financial dealings, literature, domestic life, and leisure time. Roche's highly readable style and use of contemporary quotations enliven the reader's view of eighteenth-century Paris and Parisians.
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