These essays show that industrialisation and fast economic growth have changed not only the broad material environment, but have also had a very important impact on basic food consumption.
The introductory chapter takes a theoretical view and tries to establish the interrelationship between economic forces and social habits. The other contributors analyse how the experience of Europe, Japan and North America fit this general explanation and they demonstrate how cultural and regional differences have shaped the development of consumer behaviour and patterns of consumption over the last two centuries.
1. Introduction Henri Baudet and Henk van der Meulen 2. The Transition From Traditional to Modern Patterns of Demand in Belgium Peter Scholliers and Chris Vandenbroeke 3. Food Consumption and Welfare 1852-1911 Henri Baudet and Henk van der Meulen 4. Dietary changes in Europe from 16th to 20th Century, With Particular Reference to France and Italy Maurice Aymard 5. Interrelations Between Consumption, Economic Growth and Income Distribution in Latin America Since 1800: A Comparative Perspective David Felix 6. Changes in Lifestyle in Japan: Pattern and Structure of Modern Consumption Mine Yasuzawa 7. Convention, Fashion and Consumption: Aspects of British Experience Since 1750 Walter Minchinton 8. Fod Consmption in Germany Since the Beginning of Industrialisation: A Quantitative Approach Hans J. Teuteberg 9. Conclusion Henri Baudet and Henk van der Meulen