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Description - Consumption and the Making of Respectability, 1600-1800 by Woodruff D. Smith

Over the past twenty years, questions concerning the nature of early modern European consumption have increasingly become the object of critical focus for historians, cultural theorists, and readers interested in the history of material cultures. Why did such changes arise? Did they create a consumer society in the 18th century? What relationships did they bear to the Industrial Revolution, to colonialism, and to modernization in general. In Consumption and the Making of Respectability , historian Woodruff Smith focuses on the radical alterations that occurred between 1600 and 1800 in European consumption of commodities produced overseas: cotton and silk textiles, sugar, pepper, spices, coffee, tea, porcelain, and tobacco. In analyzing these trends of consumption, Smith provides an extremely significant and seldom-investigated process of cultural construction: the tying together of several distinct cultural patterns during this century to create a culture of respectability and its impact on popular culture, trade, politics, social dynamics, and literature. This original and thoughtful work provides a comprehensive and much-needed understanding of the origins of modern consumption and all of its cultural implications.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415933285
ISBN-10: 0415933285
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Woodruff D. Smith

Woodruff Smith is Professor in the department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Politics and the Sciences of Culture in Germany, 1840-1920, The Ideological Origins of Nazi Imperialism, and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.