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Description - Consumption and the Country House by Jon Stobart

Consumption and the Country House explores the spending patterns, tastes, and preferences of the Georgian aristocracy, a class of people we think we know well. We think of the aristocracy as extravagant and perhaps decadent, but was this really the case? What kinds of goods did the aristocracy purchase and how did they spend their vast fortunes? How much of their income did they spend on the country house, on fine china, artwork, and extravagant clothing,
and how much did they spend on more everyday items such as fuel to keep their houses warm and wages for their servants? Where did the aristocracy buy their goods from and who influenced their changing tastes
in fashion and architecture? Through a series of detailed case studies this volume explores these questions and more to reveal the real lives of the eighteenth century aristocracy; their needs, desires, and the kind of lives they led on an everyday level.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198726265
ISBN-10: 0198726260
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 171mm x 23mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jon Stobart

Jon Stobart is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His has published widely on the history of consumption, retailing and leisure in eighteenth-century England, and has a particular interest in the spatiality of consumption and the marketing of goods. His recent publications include Sugar and Spice: Grocer and Groceries in Provincial England, 1650-1830 (2013), Selling Textiles in the Long Eighteenth Century (2014), co-edited with Bruno Blonde, and The Country House: Material Culture and Consumption (2015), co-edited with Andrew Hann. Mark Rothery is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Northampton. He specialises in the history of landed elites and has published widely in this area on themes such as gender, masculinity, sociability and landed estates. He co-authored a book with Professor Henry French entitled Man's Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities 1660-1914 (2012) and is the author of a number of major journal articles.

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