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EMPIRE OF THINGS

Frank Trentmann

Subtitle: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the 15th Century to the 21st, Harper Collins, NY., 2016, 799 pgs., notes, figures, illustrations, paperback

 
 

Reviewer Comment - This is an excellent companion to the three volumes of Dr. McCloskey's books on the role of the bourgeois in creating modern times and the several books such as Felix Martin's on the history of money. The author focuses on the real assets ()from spones to Ipads ) created and acquired by people - where the money they used as a medium of exchange went as it created indiividual wealth.

 
 

Introduction

 
 

Part I

 
 

Chapter 1 - Three Cultures of Consumption

 
 

Chapter 2 - The Enlightenment of Consumption

 
 

Chapter 3 - Imperium of Things

 
 

Chapter 4 - Cities

 
 

Chapter 5 - The Consumer Revolution Comes Home

 
 

Chapter 6 - Age of Ideologies

 
 

Chapter 7 - Inside Affluence

 
 

Chapter 8 - Asia Consumes

 
 

Part II

 
 

Chapter 9 By Now, Pay Later

 
 

Chapter 10 - Not So Fast

 
 

Chapter 11 - From the Cradle to the Grave

 
 

Chapter 12 - Outside the Marketplace

 
 

Chapter 13 - Home and Away

 
 

Chapter 14 - Matters of the Spirit

 
 

Chapter 15 - Throwaway Society?

 
 

Additional references

 
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Edward Cheney - The Dawn of a new Era 1250-1453

 
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Myron P. Gilmore - The World of Humanism - 1453-1517

 
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Paul Mantoux - The Industrial Revolution in theEighteenth Century: An Outlineofthe Beginnings of the Nodern Factory System in England

 
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Deirdre Nansen McCloskey - Bourgeois Dignity - Bourgeois Virtues - Bourgeois Equality

 

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