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A History of Everyday Things : The Birth of Consumption in France, 1600-1800 - Daniel Roche

A History of Everyday Things

The Birth of Consumption in France, 1600-1800

By: Daniel Roche, Brian Pearce (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 3rd September 2000
ISBN: 9780521633291
Number Of Pages: 320

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Things which we regard as the everyday objects of consumption (and hence re-purchase), and essential to any decent, civilised lifestyle, have not always been so: in former times, everyday objects would have passed from one generation to another, without anyone dreaming of acquiring new ones. How, therefore, have people in the modern world become 'prisoners of objects', as Rousseau put it? The celebrated French cultural historian Daniel Roche answers this fundamental question using insights from economics, politics, demography and geography, as well as his own extensive historical knowledge. Professor Roche places familiar objects and commodities - houses, clothes, water - in their wider historical and anthropological contexts, and explores the origins of some of the daily furnishings of modern life. A History of Everyday Things is a pioneering essay that sheds light on the origins of the consumer society and its social and political repercussions, and thereby the birth of the modern world.

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'... an excellent introduction to the cultural history that is being practised in France today.' Times Literary Supplement '... this is an important contribution to a 'hot' topic.' History

Production and Consumption
The natural framework and the human framework
Towns, trade and inventions
Ordinary consumption and luxury consumption
Ordinary Life
Rural and urban housing
Lighting and heating
Water and its uses
Furniture and objects
Clothing and appearances
Bread, wine, taste
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ISBN: 9780521633291
ISBN-10: 052163329X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.82  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.63

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