Gone to the Shops: Shopping in Victorian England [NOOK Book]

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When Adam Smith wrote in 1776 that England was a nation of shopkeepers, he meant that commerce was a major factor in political decisions. Smith's observation was even more on-target for Victorian England: shopkeepers, shops, and shopping were a vital part of life. Those Victorians with resources could shop often and had many choices: industrialization and their imperial connections gave them an almost unprecedented array of goods. Even the poor and working classes had more to eat and more to spend as the century ...
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Overview

When Adam Smith wrote in 1776 that England was a nation of shopkeepers, he meant that commerce was a major factor in political decisions. Smith's observation was even more on-target for Victorian England: shopkeepers, shops, and shopping were a vital part of life. Those Victorians with resources could shop often and had many choices: industrialization and their imperial connections gave them an almost unprecedented array of goods. Even the poor and working classes had more to eat and more to spend as the century progressed. Here, Graham explores the world of Victorian shops and shopping in colorful detail. She offers information on the types of shops and goods they offered, the people who owned and operated them, those who frequented them, and the contribution of shops and shopping to the Victorian lifestyle and economy. Shopping in Victorian England reached a level of importance not wholly appreciated even by Victorians themselves. New types of shops appeared, offering an expanding array of goods inventively packaged and displayed for an expanding group of shoppers. As the shops grew, so did the activity -- part excursion for provisions, part entertainment -- we know as shopping. Women shopped most often, but men, too, had their shops. Victorians could, by the end of the century, shop without even leaving their homes: orders could be placed by mail, telegraph, or telephone. Shops catered to all classes -- the rich, the poor, and the in-betweens -- and this book will help modern readers to envision the Victorian shopping experience by taking them inside the shops and up to the counters. Readers will learn how the shop was organized, what services and goods were available,and how goods made their way from the shop to the home. Graham's compelling account provides a vivid glimpse into another aspect of Victorian life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313071478
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Victorian Life and Times Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 528 KB

Meet the Author

KELLEY GRAHAM teaches history at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She has investigated different aspects of the history of the marketplace, including advertising, and currently focuses on the consumer experience.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Series Introduction

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Going Shopping in Victorian England

Chapter 2 Shopping Traditions and Innovations

Chapter 3 Clothes and Accessories

Chapter 4 Food and Drink

Chapter 5 Home Furnishings and Furniture

Chapter 6 Other Shops

Chapter 7 Services

Chapter 8 Late Century Transformations

Chronology

Glossary

Bibliography

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