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At home with the poor : Consumer behaviour and material culture in England, c.1650-1850 - Joseph Harley

At home with the poor

Consumer behaviour and material culture in England, c.1650-1850

By: Joseph Harley

Hardcover | 18 June 2024

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This book opens the doors to the homes of the forgotten poor and traces the goods they owned before, during and after the industrial revolution (c. 16501850). Using a vast and diverse range of sources, it gets to the very heart of what it meant to be 'poor' by examining the homes of the impoverished and mapping how numerous household goods became more widespread. As the book argues, poverty did not necessarily equate to owning very little and living in squalor. In fact, its novel findings show that most of the poor strove to improve their domestic spheres and that their demand for goods was so great that it was a driving force of the industrial revolution.

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