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Luxury and Public HappinessPolitical Economy in the Italian Enlightenment$
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Till Wahnbaeck

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.001.0001

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(p.187) Conclusion
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Luxury and Public Happiness
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TILL WAHNBAECK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.003.0011

This chapter discusses how the notion of luxury in Europe changed over the course of the 18th century. It explains that luxury became the driving force of modern commercial society because it provided an incentive to work. It examines the economic thoughts expressed by the great thinkers in Europe. It also investigates the cultures of enlightenment in a regional context.

Keywords:   luxury, Europe, eighteenth century, modern commercial society, cultures of enlightenment

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