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Description - Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780713999624
ISBN-10: 0713999624
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 162mm x 55mm)
Pages: 880
Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frank Trentmann

Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and directed the GBP5 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.

Books By Frank Trentmann

Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann
Paperback, February 2017
Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption by Frank Trentmann
Paperback, December 2014
Free Trade Nation by Frank Trentmann
Paperback, January 2009
Food and Globalization by Frank Trentmann
Paperback, May 2008