Empire of things : how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first / Frank Trentmann.
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Book
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780141028743 9780141028743 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2016.
What we consume has become a central, perhaps the central, element of personal identity, public life, and political debate. The world is overflowing with things, and people are spending more and more time and money consuming them. This book unfolds the history that has shaped the modern and material world, from the take-off of consumption in the 18th century to the present, and engages fully with contemporary concerns about consumerism and consumer society.
xviii, 862 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
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