- The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350–1750
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Maps
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: ‘Early Modern’ Europe and the Idea of Early Modernity
- The Cartographic Emergence of Europe?
- Weather, Climate, and the Environment
- Disease and Medicine
- Historical Demography
- Travel and Communications
- Languages and Literacy
- Printing and Printedness
- A Revolution in Information?
- Economic and Social Trends
- The Social Order
- Households and Family Systems
- Social Roles and Individual Identities
- Consumption and Material Life
- The Agrarian West
- The Agrarian East
- Country and Town in Mediterranean Europe
- Towns and Urbanization
- The Christian Church, 1370<i>–</i>1550
- Protestantism and its Adherents
- Early Modern Catholicism
- The World of Eastern Orthodoxy
- The Transformations of Judaism
- Islam and Muslims in Europe
- Cultures of Peoples
- Belief and its Limits
- Index of Names and Places
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Janine Maegraith, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
Craig Muldrew, Queen's College, Cambridge.
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