Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain / Edition 1

Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain / Edition 1

by Maxine Berg
     
 

"Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain explores the invention, making, and buying of new, semi-luxury, and fashionable consumer goods during the eighteenth century. It follows the progress of china tea ware, cutlery, candlesticks, buckles, and buttons, as they were made, shopped for, and then displayed in the homes of Britain's urban middling classes."… See more details below

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"Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain explores the invention, making, and buying of new, semi-luxury, and fashionable consumer goods during the eighteenth century. It follows the progress of china tea ware, cutlery, candlesticks, buckles, and buttons, as they were made, shopped for, and then displayed in the homes of Britain's urban middling classes." Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain is cultural history at its best, built on fresh evidence drawn directly from customs accounts, advertising material, company papers, and contemporary correspondence. Maxine Berg tells the stories and analyses the developments that led from a global trade in Eastern luxuries beginning in the sixteenth century to the new global trade in British-made consumer goods by the end of the eighteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199272082
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Maxine Berg is Professor of History at the University of Warwick where she has taught since 1978. She is also Director of the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre and has recently become a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

1The delights of luxury21
2Goods from the east46
3Products of the nation : on art and invention85
4Glass and chinaware : the grammar of the polite table117
5Metal things : useful devices and agreeable trinkets154
6Men and women of the middling classes : acquisitiveness and self-respect199
7'Shopping is a place to go' : fashion, shopping, and advertising247
8Mercantile theatres : British commodities and American consumers279

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