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  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141028743
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 880
  • RRP: $29.99

Empire Of Things




The epic history of consumption, and the goods that have transformed our lives over the past 600 years.

We are what we consume. From Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's shoppers, this is the epic history of the things that have seduced, enriched and unsettled our lives over the centuries - showing that rampant consumption is a truly global phenomenon, with a much longer history than we realize.

  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141028743
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 880
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Empire Of Things

A masterpiece of historical research but also, much more importantly, a delight to read . . . a rare and beautiful thing

Gerard DeGroot, The Times

I read Empire Of Things with unflagging fascination . . . elegant, adventurous and colourful . . . gleefully provocative

John Preston, Daily Mail

Such a pleasure to read . . . From Victorian department stores to modernist kitchens, his book revels in the things that most historians tend to overlook

Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

Fascinating. You can't not learn something new here . . . [An] epic tale

Independent

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