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History after HobsbawmWriting the Past for the Twenty-First Century$
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John H. Arnold, Matthew Hilton, and Jan Rüger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198768784.001.0001

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Industrial History, Working Lives, Nation, and Empire, Viewed through Some Key Welsh Woollen Objects

Industrial History, Working Lives, Nation, and Empire, Viewed through Some Key Welsh Woollen Objects

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(p.160) 9 Industrial History, Working Lives, Nation, and Empire, Viewed through Some Key Welsh Woollen Objects
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History after Hobsbawm
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Pat Hudson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768784.003.0009

This chapter takes a very specific example—the woollen industry in Wales, at various points between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries—and uses it to demonstrate how a history of objects and the specific materiality of industrial products can unlock important conjunctions of politics, imperialism, nationalism, economics and trade, consumption, and social history. The chapter demonstrates that both conventional economic and social history and new debates about materiality are essential for understanding the histories of labour and production as well as the relationship between imperial or global economies and real lives in specific localities—issues that matter now more than ever, in a global capitalism that draws upon production in a range of fragile localities.

Keywords:   consumption, materiality, production, Wales, woollen industry

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