Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain / Edition 1

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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199272082
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

1 The delights of luxury 21
2 Goods from the east 46
3 Products of the nation : on art and invention 85
4 Glass and chinaware : the grammar of the polite table 117
5 Metal things : useful devices and agreeable trinkets 154
6 Men and women of the middling classes : acquisitiveness and self-respect 199
7 'Shopping is a place to go' : fashion, shopping, and advertising 247
8 Mercantile theatres : British commodities and American consumers 279
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