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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter provides both a survey and a critical interpretation of the growing literature on material culture and consumption in early modern Europe, focusing on the experience of Italy, France, the Dutch Republic, the German lands, England, and to a certain extent east–central Europe. It looks at different approaches to the history of the rise of purchasing consumer goods on the market, and the changing nature of goods desired in light of the expansion of long distance and global trade. It stresses the importance of considering the meaning such goods had for consumers of differing wealth in different social contexts.

Keywords: Consumption, consumer revolution, material culture, industrious revolution, clothing, food, everyday life, standard of living

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