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

Empire of Things

How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First




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 monumental work that deserves a wide audience. It is both a highly engaging global history of consumer culture and a masterful synthesis of a vast body of literature ... There are few truly global histories of consumer culture, and no study is as meticulous or comprehensive. ... In sum, Frank Trentmann's Empire of Things is a masterpiece of historical analysis that offers a wealth of insights into material desire, changing social norms, state policies, transnational connectivity, and other themes in the history of consumption. Indeed, Empire of Things is a field-defining work that will surely be the standard by which global histories of consumption are measured.

Professor Jeremy Prestholdt, American Historical Review

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