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Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain
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Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Maxine Berg


This book explores the invention, making, and buying of new, semi-luxury, and fashionable consumer goods during the 18th century. It follows these goods, from china tea ware to all sorts of metal ornaments such as candlesticks, cutlery, buckles, and buttons, as they were made and shopped for, then displayed in the private domestic settings of Britain's urban middling classes. It tells the stories and analyses the developments that led from a global trade in Eastern luxuries beginning in the sixteenth century to the new global trade in British-made consumer goods by the end of the 18th century. ... More

Keywords: consumer goods, 18th century, urban middling classes, global trade, Eastern luxuries, personal identities, social interaction, shopping, convenience, new products

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxine Berg, author
Professor of History, University of Warwick