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    Empire of things: how we became a world of consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First

    Trentmann, Frank (2016) Empire of things: how we became a world of consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First. London, UK: Penguin.

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    Abstract

    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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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 14:07
    Last Modified: 20 May 2016 14:07
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15121

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